NSA Can Eavesdrop If It Wants To

Published by • April 3rd, 2008 RSS News Feed

Hackers and nerds have talked about this issue for years. The idea that there is no such thing as real security so long as corporations put in back doors for agencies like the NSA to have access to people’s information at will.

Cryptome reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has remote administrative access to several of the most popular Windows PC firewalls, and that it has also taken control of a number of supposedly “secure ” email services within the past few months.

The article contends that personal computer firewall software products from MacAfee, Symantec, Zone Alarm all help Microsoft’s NSA-controlled remote admin access via ports 1024 – 1030 without using a security flag.

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have been purchased [or] changed operational control by NSA and affiliates within the past few months, through private intermediary entities.”

src: NSA 0wns popular ‘firewalls’ and ‘secure’ e-mail services

I’m not a fan of spying on American citizens without a warrant, I’ve previously assaulted AT&T with phrases like “the network you can trust is a fraud” and “the network you can’t afford to trust.” The fact of the matter is, it isn’t simply a problem that is pervasive among a handful of corporations. It’s how government and corporations are in bed together, how consumers and citizens do not have people protecting their rights and how NSA justice believes that balancing the harms, this is the only way to roll.

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Comment by Rick
2008-04-04 14:52:33

You don’t have to be the NSA to compromise a Windows PC. If security is an issue for you. Just say no to Microsoft.

There are off-shore secure email providers that NSA has less sway over. You can find a comparison of some of them at http://www.novo-ordo.com. The NSA cannot force them to cooperate but they could be influenced by a truckload of money.

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