Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2014 23:47 UTC
Internet & Networking

For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in precisely the activity that the US accused the Chinese of doing.

What surprises me the most is that there are still people who are surprised by this.

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Has anyone actually spotted a backdoor?
by Wondercool on Tue 13th May 2014 12:30 UTC
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Has anyone actually spotted a backdoor? The fine article alleges that the NSA intercepts orders for routers and then put at a backdoor in.

While I can totally believe that this might be happening, AFAIK very few companies (or persons) have ever discovered a backdoor that could not be attributed to hackers or software vulnerability from outside (after the delivery).

If the NSA is really practicing this, wouldn't they look silly a little bit more often? Wouldn't it be easier to install a device when it is necessary and remove it when the surveillance is over? By making changes to the hardware or adding software to the device it becomes *much* easier to accuse the NSA.

While I agree that the revelations by Snowden point to serious deluded activity by governments especially the USA, it seems now that a lot of virtually unproven allegations are attributed to the NSA. The Guardian seems to pump out new stories to keep us frightened every other week.

I hope I am not wrong...

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