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"Back-Doors" in most Software!

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MrMobodies:

--- Quote from: R-star on June 08, 2021, 02:54:15 am ---These days, the backdoors are by law, everywhere.

So, back to the backdoors. They are everywhere, by law.

Windows:
Why do you think you constantly receiving the "security updates"? These packages are the backdoor / surveillance components and patches. Some a new "holes" that need to be put to use, others are patches and fixes for the existing backdoors that have stopped working because people and software authors constantly change the playing field. This is precisely why these packages are not open source.

Take browsers. Same thing, why the incessant race to the new version? :) Of course, it is the security. It is all for your benefit.
This is why you have less and less choice about those updates. If you do not, the company will make sure you will quickly become incompatible and unable to use it. And how you become incompatible? They tell us it is because the new code doesn't support your old stuff. Yes, in some cases. But in absolute majority of cases, the resource will simple refuse to serve you properly based on your version, or there is more and more often a bit in the data that you receive, that you are flagged as incompatible, so your own software that used to work with the same data before, now will not, or will work purposefully slow.
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I'd thought of the same thing years ago where I thought when the backdoors intentionally put in are discovered by many others they close it in an update and make another one.

I remember some acticles about governments try to sue companies locally or internationally over messaging services years ago I always assumed they were safe up to that point until they either gave up or the give in but then I believe they had many other ways they could track someone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI%E2%80%93Apple_encryption_dispute

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2126277/No-secrets-Blackberry-Security-services-intercept-data-government-gets-way-messenger-service.html

I was told many years ago that the forwarding traffic on certain ISP'S including DOCSIS (Virginmedia) was replicated to other cables that go off to the GHCQ to monitor for criminal activity but mostly terrorism and I'd imagine they'd pretty much do the same thing with delisted mobile phone masts.

I found ways around the Windows 10 updates involving the removing it from the task schedulder (by creating empty folders with the same names and setting permission to deny for "system" account) in the registery but only for "Trustinstaller account" and setting in regedit, services uscore, type id from 32 to 16 so the startup type can be changed without the "access denies" or "incorrect parameter" message.

With the browsers, I just launch individual version to different profiles but it is for different reasons. The UI for me seems to become worse where the dimming crazy is hurting my eyes, joke: no wonder there is a dark mode and suggestions.

I think, Vivaldi this is good, but I think they track me too, someone has to make revenue somewhere?

On mobiles, I don't like the browsers at all that I have come across so far.
I find the behaviour spammy and horrible.
Firefox58 , Vivaldi 3?, Chrome:


Nowhere to turn off these "suggestions" and logos things off at the bottom dare click one by accident. Can't remove the stars in those bookmarked items, it will just take you to the site if I accidentally click one of them.  I think they are non removable for a purpose, they maybe sponsored and they get revenue for every time I accidentally click on of those things


Leaving the current page alone and allowing me to type in the url with no dimming overlays, suggestions or anything over the contents doesn't seem to be in their "vocabulary". I don't think I am in control over these mobiles browsers, I an believe they see that, they're not content with the tracking data they get and have spam me with annoying stuff involving their partners or sponsors. I think I'd just abandon the phone browsers for now.

I don't buy phones but a few were given to me and I rooted some already as one of them had this Microsoft Swiftkey thing, where I could uninstall or turn off the suggestions and spelling check that I don't need. I think it was some modified version of Microsoft Swiftkey (options were missing to disable stuff) that Sony put on and in the settings I see it mentioned about collects words I type and send it Microsoft which I was not happy about so I installed Lineage (some Android 11 release) which still does not pretty annoying UI stuff.

Also there was thing about the NSA secretly installing backdoors in Cisco gear. 

https://www.infoworld.com/article/2608141/snowden--the-nsa-planted-backdoors-in-cisco-products.html


--- Quote ---TECH'S BOTTOM LINE
By Bill Snyder, InfoWorld | 15 MAY 2014 14:00 BST

Snowden: The NSA planted backdoors in Cisco products
'No Place to Hide,' the new book by Glenn Greenwald, says the NSA eavesdrops on 20 billion communications a day -- and planted bugs in Cisco equipment headed overseas


Much has been made of industrial espionage by China, and the U.S. government has repeatedly warned businesses not to trust technologies purchased from that country. Maybe the Chinese and other governments are the ones that should be issuing warnings.

"The NSA routinely receives -- or intercepts -- routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the U.S. before they are delivered to the international customers," Greenwald writes. "The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on. The NSA thus gains access to entire networks and all their users."

Routers, switches, and servers made by Cisco are booby-trapped with surveillance equipment that intercepts traffic handled by those devices and copies it to the NSA's network, the book states. Greenwald notes that there is no evidence that Cisco or other companies were aware of the program.

"We've stated previously that Cisco does not work with any government to weaken our products for exploitation," a Cisco spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. "We would, of course, be deeply concerned with anything that could damage the integrity of our products or our customers' networks."

Apart from any concerns you might have about privacy, this kind of publicity is very bad for U.S. business. Why would you buy a product that handles sensitive corporate or government data if you thought the device was bugged?
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Can't trust the Chinese, can't trust anybody and nowhere to hide but then I don't believe I have anything to hide.


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When you are shopping for VPN, many of them will promise to "keep no logs". This is a lie. All of them, in most of the world, will keep those logs and gladly relay them to the authorities
These companies are legally allowed to lie to us. Just the same as Cops.
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The VPN  thing, I bet in court that helps the prosecuters use the fact that the defence was using a VPN under the intent to do the things they were accused of doing under the belief they were not being watched.

RichC:
Given GCHQ put a tap on the transatlantic data cables I think delisted phone masts are the least of your problems.

SiliconWizard:

--- Quote from: RichC on June 12, 2021, 07:06:14 am ---Given GCHQ put a tap on the transatlantic data cables I think delisted phone masts are the least of your problems.

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Yeah.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/21/gchq-cables-secret-world-communications-nsa

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