Friday, February 28, 2014

An interesting omission

The GCSB's New Zealand Information Security Manual [PDF] is the standard for NZ government computer systems. It tells government departments what to do to ensure that their computer systems are secure, so that foreign agencies can't snoop on classified government information.

It doesn't mention webcams once.

This is mind-boggling. These things have been around for a long time, and we've known that they can be hacked and used to take pictures or video without the user's knowledge for almost as long. And you'd expect the GCSB - both because of their role in assuring the security of government computer systems, and because of their "close relationship" with Big Brother GCHQ, to be aware of this, and to formally advise that there simply shouldn't be any in secure locations. Instead, there's nothing.

So, is it deliberate, or are they just muppets?