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Our government has been building spy-access into the Windows Operating System since the late 1990′s

June 12, 2013

 

Source: Dvorak Blog

 

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In researching the stunning pervasiveness of spying by the government (it’s much more wide spread than you’ve heard even now), we ran across the fact that the FBI wants software programmers to install a backdoor in all software…Digging a little further, we found a 1999 article by leading European computer publication Heise which noted that the NSA had already built a backdoor into all Windows software:

 

A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors)…

“The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren [an expert in computer security]. But it was only a few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA…

“According to Andrew Fernandez of Cryptonym, the result of having the secret key inside your Windows operating system “is that it is tremendously easier for the NSA to load unauthorized security services on all copies of Microsoft Windows, and once these security services are loaded, they can effectively compromise your entire operating system“. The NSA key is contained inside all versions of Windows from Windows 95 OSR2 onwards…”

We have repeatedly pointed out that
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Barry Ritholtz picked this up from Washington’s Blog and as part of his journey as a recovering Republican he’s republished this at his own blog…There certainly aren’t any longtime geeks who are surprised to read details of Microsoft putting in backdoors for the NSA.

 

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I am a computer geek. All operating systems have a back door for their experts to use. In the days of a big system with a bunch of terminals the fact was that anyone with access to the main terminal and the power button could get control of the system if they knew the back door. I knew them on a few manufacturers systems. Hackers also have a method of sucking people into installing a piece of malware that will allow them to take control of the computer. Look up bots on the internet. They are a computer that has been hijaacked and is in control of the hacker without the owner knowing about it. The FBI says there are millions of bots out there. Hackers use them to attack a site and take itidown in order to hurt emrbarass that site and sometins to try to get control of it and/or install malware spreaders on it.

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