Verint Systems was reportedly put in charge of London Underground's CCTV cameras in 2004
Those would be the CCTV cameras that apparently didn't work on 7/7 and also on 22/7 when JCdM was shot in the face by persons unknown, lots
The people behind the short clip above have put together a much (much) longer sequence of videos dedicated to Verint but as they make repeated reference to the Mossad (the flame to the Loon moth) I won't be posting a link to them here. Not when a perfectly good Conspiraloon Alliance blog has been set up for that sort of thing
I don't pretend to know if anyone at Verint has any special knowledge about what happened on 7/7
Verint is, however...
- spooky as fuck and associated with more than its fair share of ex(?)-NSA types
- owned by Comverse, a company set up by a crook which was delisted from NASDAQ because of fraud
- operating in London Underground on a contract awarded to it whilst ex(?)-CIA man Bob Kiley was in charge of London Transport
None of which is very cool
I was chatting with a few fellow loons a few days ago on the subject of 'who watches the watchers?' and the apparent over-representation of Israeli companies in the high-tech security business came up in conversation
You could very easily argue that circumstances dictate that the Israelis and the ex(?) NSA types who set these kinds of businesses up have experience which gives them a perfectly explicable head start with this sort of thing
But it still makes me twitchy
And, unlike London Transport and the Montreal Transit System, I personally try to avoid turning over the keys to all my confidential data to possible/ probable spook bastards (of any nationality) wherever possible
A couple of recent, relatively trivial, examples...
ZoneAlarm Firewall software - owned by Checkpoint Software and busted for sending encrypted data about users back to Mummy without asking their permission beforehand (though this unfortunate incident is no longer recorded in Wikipedia and therefore, arguably, never actually happened)
Fring - a package which enables users to talk and chat using Skype, ICQ, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, AIM and Yahoo Messenger on their smartphones. To my knowledge, Fring hasn't actually been caught out doing anything wrong but about two seconds after I loaded it onto my phone I asked myself was I really happy plugging in all my user IDs and passwords into a single piece of software which some apparently very altruistic people in a far off land were making available to me for free?
Fring is no longer installed on my phone
Open source would, wherever possible, definitely appear to be the way to go