Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-14-06, 04:52 PM   #1
okpik
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 569
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
any of you windows users confirm this?

http://www.cyberspaceorbit.com/nsaback.htm
just curious........
okpik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 05:46 PM   #2
Stacey
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
 
Stacey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 9,161
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ok, how about a clue as to just what "this" is. Why should I look?
__________________
Stacey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 05:57 PM   #3
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"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."

.
blue_neon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 06:21 PM   #4
okpik
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 569
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nevermind, found another link, its part of the cryptographic API, its a key to limit where different versions of windows can be exported to, they just didnt hide it well--allegedly, microsoft is still not talking bout it
okpik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 06:24 PM   #5
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do you think this could just all be a huge hoax....
blue_neon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 06:41 PM   #6
DannoXYZ 
Senior Member
 
DannoXYZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saratoga, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 11,606
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I doubt any "feature" in Windows is accidental or incidental. Ever since Win98, it's been communicating back to the mothership in Washington about your computer's configuration and what other non-Microsoft software you're running. Just use a packet-sniffer and you see it sending stuff back all the time. Used to annoy the h*ll out of me when I had dial-up w/routing software and the modem would auto-dial every couple of minutes on its own... grrr....

The NSA does have a valid concern about cryptography technologies being exported outside of the US. But computer-technology and hacker smarts have way outpaced the NSA & FBI. Their toughest encryption methods were cracked fairly easily by some Europeans running a farm of Linux machines in parallel. On the other hand, it would take the NSA and FBI hundreds to thousands of years to break the publicly-available encryption methods on the market today... the tighter you squeeze your hand, the more grains of sand slips through.... heh, heh...
DannoXYZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-06, 08:52 PM   #7
Jerseysbest
J E R S E Y S B E S T
 
Jerseysbest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: DC
Bikes:
Posts: 1,849
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I hear the NSA comes into your room at night to snope around in your underwear draws too. I read it on the internet so its gotta be true.
Jerseysbest is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:22 AM.