China uses access to Microsoft source code to plot cyber war

Discussion in 'Technical' started by stg58, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member


    Yet another reason to move to Linux.......

    Security Nightmare: Chinese Government Has Microsoft Windows Source Codes

    The Chinese government has the keys to the kingdom as far as software information is concerned. And they were essentially given it through a Microsoft tech program designed to improve the software. Only problem? The Chinese government used it to search for vulnerabilities in Windows to penetrate U.S. government computers. They managed to “slurp up” 50 megabytes of government emails as a result.
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    50 MB isn't that much data.
  3. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    If code leaks were really their concern, why move to "open source" where all your source code is available? Letting anyone - including Russians and Chinese - "contribute" open source code doesn't seem all that palatable to me. Those "many eyes" of security didn't find hacked CVS repositories or flawed crypto algorithms very quickly.

    I'm wondering if BSD may be the safest route to go even if it's - what seems like - 10 years behind. Computers could come in real handy if you're trying to rebuild a society.
  4. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Get a Mac!
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Get TWO, Macs, and put one in EMP proof storage....
  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Chinese hacked and manufactured Macs or Chinese hacked and manufactured PCs.

    Both Mac users and Linux users on an individual basis have a small dregree of safety but if/when they launch an attack it will hit critical systems running gatesware and the house of cards will tumble.

    I just like having an OS that works and is not made by a guy named Gates or Jobs but Macs are pretty cool.
  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Once the Internet Crashes, our Computers will be Engineering Tools, and storage devices, rather than communications systems. So, If you're a Prep'er you need to consider that, in your Preps. A little Solar, and a working TerraByte of information and Tech Manuals, will be worth a lot....
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    A Panasonic Toughbook and a solar setup is my "at-ready" kit. I also have a secure military grade 4GB memory stick just in case.

    Plenty of e-books and manuals to keep me in good shape, too.
  9. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    If something is worth saving, I try to get it and store it on one of two separate terabyte externals. One reason I prefer Linux is, you can always switch the OS without having to mess with all the microshaft restrictions. Of course, if the net was ever to go down, we would lose updates, but still be able to have a working OS for off grid use. If any of that happens, I doubt many of us would be spending much time messing with computers. We would have much greater things to worry about.
  10. Technopenguin

    Technopenguin Monkey+

    What's the antenna at the top left for, Brokor?
  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Wireless internet.
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