Monday, June 4, 2007

Maps/Local services and terror

Maps/Local service offers great feature to plan and commute fast. According to people, its a great service.

Problems ??

we discover that the suspects being held for the JFK terror plot supposedly referenced Google Maps as a part of the supposed plan.

Here is a look at what the suspects said:

One of the plotters behind the alleged scheme to explode gas pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport directed his co-conspirators to use Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photos of the targeted facility.

Details : http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0604071google1.html

Now people started to say Maps/Local sites create new class of threat. Before map/local sites satellite image access of the earth was not the easly accessable.

Is maps sites are threat or the era we are now is a threat ? lets brainstorm But my 2 cents not to ban these local/map sites.


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2 comments:

Draco said...

Unni,

Before assuming that local services like google maps are a threat, is google maps the only way to get info regarding JFK airport?

We are shifting to a new generation where technology is bringing more information to our fingertips. Some people use this for wrong purposes.

Banning locally available services will not solve the problem, as long as people are determined to acheive things that may be wrong or right.

Instead people should revisit the current security policies and use technology to strengthen and implement it.

Unni said...

Yep , I too agree to that view. thatz why said my 2 cents for not ban them because i am a huge user of maps.

I beleive its time to go for new laws - ex: youtube, maps/local pages. all these are very helpfull but lot of time the law makers are very outdated about the technology.