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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Sold You Out To Big Government Then Lied To You About It.

by Ed Butt
The U S Government has been engulfed by scandals over the past few months and the latest one, which dates back to before the current administration took office is the snooping on citizens' internet, emain and cellphone records.
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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Sold You Out To Big Government Then Lied To You About It.

by Ed Butt

Big Brother

When news broke of the U S Government's massive surveillance of e-mails, web transactions and cell phone activity the power crazy billionaires of Silicon Valley were quick to deny that their organizations had any involvement. Given the track record of these creeps on honesty, nobody should have needed to be told they were all in up to their nacks on the scam. I mean, Bill Gates, puh! He's the guy you may remember who has told us that every new generation of Windows was great. And they were all not fit for purpose from our POV.

From the perspective of Microsoft and their business partners however these packages did exactly the job they were intended to. Each was so clunky and full of bugs Microsoft has to load millions of patches and fixes so that our systems quickly became so bloated we had to but new, more powerful hardware. Every generation was so full of loopholes for hackers and malware merchants to exploit we needed new security software. And by the time we had all that, our desktop was so incompatible with legacy software we had to buy later versions of our favourite packages.

I admit to having an advantage here, having been a computer consultant I thought ahead and simply kept my old drives which I slot into a docking station and thus I can load up Win 98 if I wish and use my old software. (the latest Windows I have is XP, I went Linux after that).

The whole Windows / Internet thing has been the biggest scam ever, with a decent operating system 90 per cent of people could do everything they will ever want to do on a Pentium 2. I know, I run Linux on a ten year old system for my photo, music and movie editing.

Given that the whole scam has been pulled off with the complicity of governments it was obvious that at some stage government would call in the favours. It is not a new thing, have a look at what Project Echelon (set up in the 1990s) is about. www.character-education.us/echelon.htm

Of course the internet companies were in on it. Government (your tax money) bought them the hugely expensive infrastructure for their search and social networking businesses.

So when Facebook's Zuckerberg and Google's Larry Page stepped forward to deny having given your private data to government agencies, apart from the fact that neither of the semi autistic little nerds would recognise the truth if it ran up and kicked them in the cobblers, it was obvious they were lying. Well it was obvious to someone like me, if the Pentagon can't keep British and Dutch geeks out of their servers, let alone Chinese, Russian and Iranian spies, Facebook andGoogle, with their clunky sites built by script kiddies rather than veteran programmers who know how computer systems and networks work are not going to be able to keep the Government out.

Zsuckerberg and Page caught out in PRISM data mining lies www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337863/PRISM-Google-Facebook-DID-allow-NSA-access-data-talks-set-spying-rooms-despite-denials-Zuckerberg-Page-controversial-project.html

But as I said, these companies would not try to resist the government, they are all far too cosy with each other. The reason governments have sunk so much money into building the internet infrastructure is because the technology, even before the www was launched, offered the potential for total monitoring and total control of the information we see. It is deeper and more perevasive than most people would ever imagine.

Did you know for example that Windows, for so long the market leading operating system by an overwhelming margin has been government-snooper-friendly since 1999?

This from Global Research blows the whistle on the cosy arrangement between Microsoft and the U S Government.

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 discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA “help information” trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.

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.

Two weeks ago, a US security company came up with conclusive evidence that the second key belongs to NSA. Like Dr van Someren, Andrew Fernandez, chief scientist with Cryptonym of Morrisville, North Carolina, had been probing the presence and significance of the two keys. Then he checked the latest Service Pack release for Windows NT4, Service Pack 5. He found that Microsoft’s developers had failed to remove or “strip” the debugging symbols used to test this software before they released it. Inside the code were the labels for the two keys. One was called “KEY”. The other was called “NSAKEY”.

Fernandes reported his re-discovery of the two CAPI keys, and their secret meaning, to “Advances in Cryptology, Crypto’99? conference held in Santa Barbara. According to those present at the conference, Windows developers attending the conference did not deny that the “NSA” key was built into their software. But they refused to talk about what the key did, or why it had been put there without users’ knowledge.

A third key?!

But according to two witnesses attending the conference, even Microsoft’s top crypto programmers were astonished to learn that the version of ADVAPI.DLL shipping with Windows 2000 contains not two, but three keys. Brian LaMachia, head of CAPI development at Microsoft was “stunned” to learn of these discoveries, by outsiders. The latest discovery by Dr van Someren is based on advanced search methods which test and report on the “entropy” of programming code.

Within the Microsoft organisation, access to Windows source code is said to be highly compartmentalized, making it easy for modifications to be inserted without the knowledge of even the respective product managers.

Stunning isn't it. I was vaguely aware of rumours about this arrangement but being British, resident in Britain and having heard nothing about a similar deal between Microsoft and our government I have never done any digging myself.

The problem with the internet that too few people understood for any serious resistance to emerge to the drive to put our entire lives online is that far from freeing information it actually puts control of information into the hands of governments and their corporate allies. You have read how governments in places like China, North Korea, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia block certain information. Well it is just as easy to do it in the western democracies, much easier than silencing a free press for example.

All that is needed is a filter (a very simple string matching routine) at certain points on the data path and any data containing a certain word, phrase, domain name, IP address etc. can be steered into a black hole. It's a dictatorships wet dream.

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