Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Dec 2010 23:55 UTC, submitted by Oliver
OpenBSD Okay, this is potentially very big news that really needs all the exposure it can get. OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt has received an email in which it was revealed to him that ten years ago, the FBI paid several open source developers to implement hidden backdoors in OpenBSD's IPSEC stack. De Raadt decided to publish the email for all to see, so that the code in question can be reviewed. Insane stuff.
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RE: Scary thought
by Neolander on Wed 15th Dec 2010 07:40 UTC in reply to "Scary thought"
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2010-03-08

Someone implemented backdoors or key leaking mechanisms in other areas of OpenBSD. Maybe not only in OpenBSD.

If I'd have something to hide, I would be very careful these days. I'd pay on attention on algorithms and software used for encryption and software used to communicate.

Code your OS from scratch (bootloader included), for custom hardware, and using a long-forgotten Commodore64 hex editor which never was commercially successful in the first place. There's no other way.

You can have my tinfoil hat, too.

Edited 2010-12-15 07:43 UTC

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