Pierre wrote: ...
This is what I'm asking people - who I've met:
- would you Trust a Foreign Company that:
-- doesn’t pay it's fair share of Company Taxes - in this Country?
-- that stores your Private Data - in that Foreign Country?
and - is subject to the Laws of that Foreign Country?
it's amazing - just how many:
- either don't care
- aren’t interested - not one tiny bit.
GreyGeek made a passing reference to "the US and four other governments" AKA "the Five Eyes" consortium of allied Gov'ts,
often abbreviated as "FVEY" & who share that stuff with each other, with the US & UK Gov'ts being the main two, in that agreement.
would you Trust that your use-age of your iPhone or that of your Andriod Phone?.
- is not already compromised?.
http://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/ ... phone.html
& aren't you glad that you live in Europe?.
Every digital device I am aware of is either totally made in China or the components are made in China. Even most white or grey boxes use components made in foreign countries, mainly China because of the cheap and easily controlled slave labor.
I read sometime ago that one of the covert activities that led to a quick and successful conclusion to Gulf War I was that our gov "persuaded" Texas Instruments to put a kill code into the printers it sold to Iraq. When the war started Iraqi commanders found that their printers died mysteriously. They had to write orders by hand and either phone them or send them by courier. Either way the results were obvious.
China has the keys to the computer kingdom. CPU's and GPU's have what is called "microcode" in them. Also called firmware. So do devices like routers and printers. Ken Thompson, of the creators of Unix, wrote a paper called Reflections on Trusting Trust. In that paper he described creating a compiler that could detect when the login utility was being compiled and put a back door into it. It also detected when it was being compiled and put the code allowing for backdoors into the compiled binary. It then erased the "virus" code from the source and recompiled the source with the infected binary compiler. The compiler put the infection into the newly compiled binary using the source that did not have the viral code in it. The hack is not detectable by inspecting the binary compiler just compiled or by inspecting the source of the compiler which was just compiled. Checksums against the source and the binary compiler will reveal nothing. Now, imagine China putting a similar capability into the firmware of devices it makes for corporations in the Free World.
You could claim that because I use an Apple smartphone I am putting my trust in Apple and the foreign companies that make Apple pdts and the governments that control those foreign companies (mainly China). Every computer available for sale in the USA and the Free World is made, in part or in whole, by foreign companies, mainly China because of its cheap slave labor. Even System76, a company which assembles excellent computers that come with Linux pre-installed (my son purchased a Bonobo laptop and loves it - IF I do buy another laptop it will be from System76), uses parts from around the globe, including China. Very few digital devices or components are made in America. And even those that are made in America are often made by foreign workers who have entered the country illegally to replace American workers. With 109 million Americans of working age not working, Bill Gates still insists that Microsoft cannot find "qualified" American workers so America needs H-1B workers to fill their needs. Uh huh. Welcome to your dream world.