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NSA collection and Linux

Postby JackBW on Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:49 am

With so many news articles on NSA's constant monitoring and data collection, does Linux offer any level of protection against such things as email address book collecting, or other capabilities The Man might be employing?
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Re: NSA collection and Linux

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:44 am

Nope. If you live in the good ol' USA, your secrets be theirs.

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Re: NSA collection and Linux

Postby nomko on Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:47 am

tdockery97 wrote:Nope. If you live in the good ol' USA, your secrets be theirs.

Not only USA....As it seems they even have access to almost every (online) mail provider, European telecom providers, etc....

I think the topic starter is more aiming for some kind of build-in backdoor which can be used by security services. I wonder if Linux is as much vulnerable as other operating systems.....
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Re: NSA collection and Linux

Postby KirbySmith on Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:42 am

I think the best that this can be answered by anyone outside of the intellegence community is that back doors into closed operating systems and software may exist but will be hard to know about unless leaked or discovereed by security researchers, whereas doors into open code bases such as GNU/Linux have to get past the eyes of the many who review the code, at least some of whom might qualify as not being supporters of the NSA.

Most of us use PCs that have proprietary BIOS firmware, so a door there might be difficult to know about, no matter how open the OS. One would hope that such an opening would be eventually discovered, if only by accident.

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Re: NSA collection and Linux

Postby elverion on Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:52 pm

The NSA (mostly) collects their information from ISPs and online services; something you have no control over. That means your OS doesn't make much difference in whether or not they have access to it.

That being said, the NSA, FBI, and CIA (for sure, probably others but there's no evidence yet to prove it) have all been displaying a complete disregard for your rights and will not hold back from attacking you without a warrant. They have been involved in hacking consumer hardware or writing malware mostly targeting Windows users. To protect you against this, using Linux will help.

And yet on the other hand, the NSA was recently involved in an illegal attack on Google (MITM attack; even though Google already turns over all information anyways). If Google is susceptible, there's really not much you can do.
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