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Akamai Employee Tries to Sell Information to Foreign Countries

An employee of Akamai Technologies was arrested yesterday and charged with wire fraud. Elliot Doxer is being held without bond after allegedly trying to sell confidential information about the firm to a foreign government. Akamai said that his supposed activities never compromised the security of its customers.

Akamai Technologies is the world’s largest Internet content delivery system. They have a global network which is used by large businesses and government agencies to distribute their information online. The firm claims that it delivers nearly 30% of all data distributed over the ‘net. Doxer apparently worked in the finance department with Akamai. The complaint against him from the US government claims that in June of 2006 Doxer sent an email to the Boston consulate of a foreign country which has not yet been named.

“I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston,’’ he allegedly wrote. “I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have.’’ According to the complaint, Doxer said that Akamai served major clients such as the US Department of Defense, European airplane maker Airbus, “and some Arab companies from Dubai.’’ He wrote that he only knew about invoices and customer contact information, but would be willing to provide such data if it would benefit the foreign country, the complaint says.

Luckily, the unnamed country helped with the investigation. Authorities contacted Doxer and set up a “dummy drop” location. During the year that followed, Doxer visited that location more than sixty times, leaving behind sensitive Akamai documents, including contracts with customers, and a list of Akamai’s clients and employees. He was caught by a hidden video camera.

Doxer has claimed he was only trying to help fight war against “our enemies,” but he did ask for money in exchange for the information. The way he went about this is quite puzzling. Unethical or unhappy people try to steal company information. We see it all the time in the news. However, they don’t normally attempt to sell said information to a different country.

Are There Spies at Microsoft?

According to Microsoft themselves, a 12th Russian spy has been uncovered – right on their Redmond campus. Alexey Karetnikov, a young Russian citizen, worked at the company as a software tester for approximately nine months. Ten members of the spy ring have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to serve as unregistered foreign agents in a U.S. federal court. They fully admitted to carrying money and coded messages to Russian officials, as well as training others to find information that may be useful in some way to Russia. Their objective was to infiltrated U.S. policy makers after creating false identities.

Alexey is being held on immigration charges at this time, due to a lack of evidence to charge him with other crimes. “He was just in the early stages; had just set up shop,” said one senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details of the case were closely held. The official claims that Alexey had not uncovered any type of information that would have been useful to his government.

The spy has already been sent home. He agreed to deportation in lieu of further charges in the U.S. Who wouldn’t agree to that? Hey… go ahead and infiltrate our country illegally! We don’t care. We’ll just send your butt back home with a handshake and a smile. It’s quite okay with us if you passed sensitive information back to your leaders, so long as you hand over your home and money before you go.

What I’d like to know is what type of governmental policy information Alexey and his superiors thought they could possibly glean from Microsoft. Perhaps the Redmond-based corporation is secretly a hotbed of classified information. Their hardware, software and gadgets must be merely a cover-up, right?

How Do You Defeat Jet Lag?

Dude, seriously – how do you get over jet lag without practically killing yourself? I was in Paris last week, to speak at the LeWeb conference. While it was a fantastic experience for me, I am still so tired I could die. Paris is nine hours ahead of the time here in Seattle. That is a HUGE difference, let me tell you. I was tired when I got to Paris, and I’m still wiped out two days after returning home.

Yes, I slept a little on the flight. No, it really didn’t seem to help. I’ve only been to Europe once before, and I had the same issues then, as well. I know many of you out there are jet-setters, right? How do you manage to go back and forth between different time zones without dropping over from exhaustion? How the heck do you reset your body clocks so quickly, and adapt within a matter of hours?

The community may not have been with me in presence, but I know you were all with me in spirit. Thanks to those of you who watched my presentation as it happened. Your support means a lot to me! I’m also glad that you all stayed home! It allowed you to keep writing and posting things on our sites!

There are several excellent new pieces of software featured on our downloads site today! Be sure you check back every day, so you don’t miss anything!

Spy vs Spy vs You

Okay, this article is just too timely: U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites. I wish I was making this up. I wish this wasn’t coming directly from the WSJ. I wish I didn’t see this as an extreme violation of my civil liberties as an American.

According to officials, one of the department’s first objectives will be to use the network to enhance border security, determine how best to secure critical infrastructure and help emergency responders after natural disasters. Sometime next year, officials will examine how the satellites can aid federal and local law-enforcement agencies, covering both criminal and civil law. The department is still working on determining how it will engage law enforcement officials and what kind of support it will give them.

So, it’s okay for them to spy on us – with closed intelligence – just so we might be able to stop criminals from doing the things they’re going to do anyway? Yeah, that’s a pretty big leap of faith, and I have absolutely no faith in this being a good thing. Is this 1984? Big Brother is finally peering into your living room.

Access to the high-tech surveillance tools would, for the first time, allow Homeland Security and law-enforcement officials to see real-time, high-resolution images and data, which would allow them, for example, to identify smuggler staging areas, a gang safehouse, or possibly even a building being used by would-be terrorists to manufacture chemical weapons.

This is your government, folks. What if they thought you were a terrorist because you tried to bring toothpaste onto an airplane without first placing it safely inside a baggie?! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit extreme – but so is their unchallenged ability to WATCH EVERY DAMN MOVE YOU MAKE based on suspicions and no due process.

Unlike electronic eavesdropping, which is subject to legislative and some judicial control, this use of spy satellites is largely uncharted territory. Although the courts have permitted warrantless aerial searches of private property by law-enforcement aircraft, there are no cases involving the use of satellite technology.

More loopholes! w00t!

“This all has to be vetted through a legal process,” he says. “We have to get this right because we don’t want civil-rights and civil-liberties advocates to have concerns that this is being misused in ways which were not intended.”

Sure, because government officials can never be corrupted – nor can they be purchased by any special interest group at any price. I’m sorry, I just don’t buy it. I put my own life online because I choose to do that – but what about people who value their privacy? I mean, is that something we should so willingly suspend in the hopes that this “intelligence” and technology can help us make this world a safer place?

Then again, does spying make the world a better place?

Your privacy is constantly in jeopardy. It’s not just about blocking third-party cookies, comrades. Just how much of yourself do you no longer own? How much of yourself are you willing to give over to these various online social networks? How much of yourself are you willing to expose to the globe, to nameless / faceless people on the other end of the lens?

This deserves much, MUCH more thought…