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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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"
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

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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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The reason why so many Linux installs are so readily infected is because

We can stop here, nothing further is necessary. I said Linux does not offer immunity from being compromised, and you very clearly agree with that. Which you should, because it's a known fact.

I don't know why it's so difficult for some people to acknowledge the truth that Linux gets hacked just like anything else. Just because Linux is more open that other OS'es doesn't mean it's perfect. The kernel alone sees massive amounts of fixes and regressions every cycle. With supposedly hundreds or thousands of people going through all this code, a lot sure is being missed or overlooked. Linux gets compromised like anything else. Security is not a guarantee with any OS when so much of it depends on proper configuration and user knowledge/error.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

I don't know why it's so difficult for some people to acknowledge the truth that Linux gets hacked just like anything else. Just because Linux is more open that other OS'es doesn't mean it's perfect. The kernel alone sees massive amounts of fixes and regressions every cycle. With supposedly hundreds or thousands of people going through all this code, a lot sure is being missed or overlooked. Linux gets compromised like anything else. Security is not a guarantee with any OS when so much of it depends on proper configuration and user knowledge/error.


Especially when you look at who contributes and maintains the whole of selinux, a key part of the kernel. For anyone who doesn't know, that is the NSA.

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