Yet another reason for Linux and open source software

Discussion in 'Technical' started by stg58, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Then again they probably have access to most everything.


    Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news |
    Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

    • Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism
    • encryption unlocked even before official launch
    • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
    • Company says it is legally compelled to comply

    Skype worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video and audio conversations. Photograph: Patrick Sinkel/AP

    Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
    The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.
    The documents show that:
    • Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;
    • The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;
    • The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;
    • Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in that allows users to create email aliases;
    • In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;
    • Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just using Linux, doesn't protect you from MicroSquashes BackDoor Code that was added to Skype, AFTER they bought out the Company. If you use the version that is distributed on the MonkeyNet Distribution, you can be reasonable sure it does NOT have the Microsquash Backdoor Code in it.... The Version we distributed was coded prior to, May 2010, which was the LAST version, KNOWN to be SECURE....Then there is the recently RELEASED version of CryptoCat, that is also SECURE for Instant Messaging. Anything from Google, or Chrome, is Totally Compromised.........
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  3. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The reason I don't use much less have any Skype software on any of my machines along with any cloud drive accounts or software and thanks for the heads up on CryptoCat a few days ago.

    I posted a few years ago wondering about potential backdoors on the various Linux distros.
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Linux, is mostly Open Sourced, and available for scrutiny of it's Code.... and there are Folks, that do actually look at the Code, and verify that it is clean..... Same is true for MOST Open Sourced projects.... if anything was found, it would be published, world-wide, instantly.... This is true of the GPG products as well... It was true of the Skype Code, BEFORE they sold out to MicroSquash... You just have to be vigilant, in watching what you put on your computer, and how you build your FireWalls... This isn't Rocket Science, but you do have to understand the technology you are using, how it works, and who, wrote the code... There are a bunch of very smart Coders, out there, and they are writing some very good, and SECURE Code.... and those who want, and need, such Apps, need to find out What, and Where these Apps are.... and get, and use them.... ......
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