Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Dec 2013 15:49 UTC
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The German newspaper Der Spiegel has unveiled a whole bunch of stuff about the NSA and its tools that defy belief. Their tools and actions go way beyond what we already knew; we're not just talking passive information gathering through cables and such, but way, way more.

For instance, the NSA can divert shipments of purchased computers and equipment to their own secret workshops, where malware and spying hardware is added to these products before they are then shipped onward to the buyers. They also intercept Windows crash reports as they are sent from users' computers to Microsoft's servers. Worse yet, they can reportedly add special hardware to drones that can wirelessly infect computers from up to 8 kilometres away.

We've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.

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M.Onty
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2009-10-23

The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.


Its a subtle version of what Burke warned us about; democracy being used as an excuse to oppress.

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I've surprised myself by how much the recent furore has pushed my position towards Stallman's. Only a year back I regarded him as a brittle ideologue; the sort of person who'd drive into a hedge in order to head straight to his destination as the crow flies rather than go a mile out of his way to get there by road. Promoting software freedom to a moral issue & some sort of basic 'right' seemed self evidently immature & a belittling of the terms. Pretty sure now that I was wrong.

Edited 2013-12-30 22:02 UTC

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