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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Surpise isn't the metric for this now
by thesunnyk on Wed 14th May 2014 01:00 UTC
thesunnyk
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We shouldn't even be talking about this in terms of "surprise" any more. We know what's going on, and it's a tragedy. If polio was wiping out an entire nation, 6 months after the outbreak, we wouldn't be talking about how we're "surprised" or "not surprised" that people are still dying of polio.

What's important here is now the scope. What are the NSA doing, how are they doing it, and what's the extent of the damage to the internet, and how do we move forward. Many members of OSNews are software developers, and we've gotten ourselves into this position by not taking security seriously (sometimes in OS design, protocols, or the internet!) This is not the time to talk about surprise, it's time to take stock and actually talk about and build the solutions to this mess.

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