Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Dec 2013 15:49 UTC

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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RE[3]: Say no to binary blobs
by kristoph on Thu 2nd Jan 2014 08:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Say no to binary blobs"
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You've really no idea.

The reason why so many Linux installs are so readily infected is because the people who set them up really only know how to run through an install and have no idea what they are installing or why - they just click 'next'.

If you know how to configure a system, if you can strip it down to the bare minimum, you will be much more able to fend off any attack.

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