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wada 'whereabouts' : security angle...

by straight point

whenever we hear an argument against bcci's security concern...we hear along the lines...

wada is a very responsible organisation...
wada officials are governed by strict confidentiality clause...
wada won't sell the 'whereabouts' database to terrorists...

etc...etc...

living in an ideal world....?

coz in my world..i have seen the most confidential information being leaked out...

i live in a world where i have seen sites of IT giants like microsoft... ibm... google... facebook and twitter being attacked by hackers...i have seen top government sites with confidential information hacked...and i am not sure how immune the wada site is to hackers...

i don't know how much security concerns nadal...schumacher...or even our abhinav bindra face...but i do know for a fact that sachin tendular...dhoni etc are on the hit list of some terrorist organisations and are not given top security for nothing...

we were also made to believe that cricketers won't be attacked until lahore happened and now we believe that the wada site is immune to hackers...

so much for this belief sitting in the comfort of our rooms...being arm chair pundits...thinking our players are unreasonably concerned about security...

wish i also lived in this ideal world we keep talking about...

4 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

Terrorists hacking WADA's site and then the player's accounts to ascertain their location seems like a long shot. (OK, so did Lahore, right?)

Anyway, let's say they hack

What do they find: Sachin's Mumbai address and MSD's Ranchi address. Both open books, both highly secure.

Think you're assuming if they're travelling to an undisclosed location, then what? With reduced security - like Sachin to Wimbeldon or the US on holiday, both again open books, and telecast on TV.

Ok, let's say they are going to some really obscure place, like the Falklands with absolutely no security.

I'd say, guys the Falklands are not like the IPL in SAF, where you roamed around freely. They don't call it the Falklands for nothing.

Also I would not belittle the security concerns of other players, we're talking global stars there, not a bunch followed by just the Commonwealth nations.

And terror is not just India-centric, it's a world phenomenon. I don't buy the security angle concern.

That it's intrusive yes, but security soncerns no. But then I'm not a sports person. Looks like neither are our cricketers.

Also, MSD Hummers his way from Delhi to Ranchi without any real security cover, and he's offered Z group security or something - but he doesn't like that.

Don't think any terrorist needs a WADA tip off or hack to work it out.

straight point said...

nc...

for a moment think like a terrorist...

when you know in advance that for next three months the targeted player will be available in specified locations and at specified time...don't you think it arms you with so much time to plan...?

Naked Cricket said...

sp, here's what a predator gets - 3 months of Sachin in his Mumbai den, think he knows that anyway.

If any changes are to be made in whereabouts, they can be done the day before.

Refer to Bindra's link in Raja's post - from 6-7 am Chandigarh that was his slot, location. The day before he was off to Delhi, he just changed it.

Now, if you could think as Sachin, think you'll be much smarter on how you handle whereabouts - and not key in a vacation in the Maldives three months before time.

If there is an honest concern about security, it should be addressed. You just don't stop doing things. Like we don't stop playing cricket or walking on the street.

straight point said...

i hope you have read the sachin wisden interview...

if i were terrorist and knew in advance the sachin will in london at given time with almost negligible security cover on the pavement...for the interview appointment...imaging what i would have done...

besides providing whereabouts on net do make you feel vulnerable... just like many feel the same when giving credit cards details and we are not even talking about money here...

as for bindra's example is very simple...rules gets tested for bit complicated situations...

lets assume if security agency were to find out on tip off that sachin's presence at particular spot is dangerous for his security...and immediately wants to move him to 'unspecified' location then would sachin disclose that location on net to wada... or risk one strike against his name...?

wada more than doing right things wants to appear doing right things and hence are making things complicated when simpler easier and followable solutions can be found out...