"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Friday, July 12, 2013

The NSA Has Inserted Its Code Into Smartphones

The NSA has inserted its code into
Android OS, or three-quarters of
all Smartphones

Over a decade ago, it was discovered that the NSA embedded backdoor access into Windows 95, and likely into virtually all other subsequent Internet connected, desktop-based operating systems.

However, with the passage of time, more and more people went “mobile”, and as a result the NSA had to adapt. And adapt they have: as Bloomberg reports, The NSA is quietly writing code for Google’s Android OS.”

Is it ironic that the same “don’t be evil” Google which went to such great lengths in the aftermath of the Snowden scandal to wash its hands of snooping on its customers and even filed a request with the secretive FISA court asking permission to disclose more information about the government’s data requests, is embedding NSA code into its mobile operating system, which according to IDC runs on three-quarters of all smartphones shipped in the first quarter? Yes, yes it is.

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano confirms that the company has already inserted some of the NSA’s programming in Android OS. “All Android code and contributors are publicly available for review at source.android.com.” Scigliano says, declining to comment further reports Infowars News.

From Bloomberg:
Through its open-source Android project, Google has agreed to incorporate code, first developed by the agency in 2011, into future versions of its mobile operating system, which according to market researcher IDC runs on three-quarters of the smartphones shipped globally in the first quarter. NSA officials say their code, known as Security Enhancements for Android, isolates apps to prevent hackers and marketers from gaining access to personal or corporate data stored on a device.Eventually all new phones, tablets, televisions, cars, and other devices that rely on Android will include NSA code, agency spokeswoman Vanee’ Vines said in an e-mailed statement. NSA researcher Stephen Smalley, who works on the program, says, “Our goal is to raise the bar in the security of commodity mobile devices.”
See, there’s no need to worry: the reason the NSA is generously providing the source code for every Google-based smartphone is for your own security. Oh but it’s open-sourced, so someone else will intercept any and all attempts at malice. We forgot.
The story continues:
In a 2011 presentation obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek, Smalley listed among the benefits of the program that it’s “normally invisible to users.” The program’s top goal, according to that presentation: “Improve our understanding of Android security.”
Well one wouldn’t want their bug to be visible to users now, would one…
Vines wouldn’t say whether the agency’s work on Android and other software is part of or helps with Prism. “The source code is publicly available for anyone to use, and that includes the ability to review the code line by line,” she said in her statement. Most of the NSA’s suggested additions to the operating system can already be found buried in Google’s latest release—on newer devices including Sony’s Xperia Z, HTC’s One, and Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4. Although the features are not turned on by default, according to agency documentation, future versions will be. In May the Pentagon approved the use of smartphones and tablets that run Samsung’s mobile enterprise software, Knox, which also includes NSA programming, the company wrote in a June white paper. Sony, HTC, and Samsung declined to comment.

1984 is Here

"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." - - - Robert A. Heinlein

Below are a few of our most recent articles on the march to a 1984 Police State:

THE FEDERALIST - "CIA-DHS Build a Massive License-Plate Reader Data Base."

THE FEDERALIST - "1984 - U.S. Military blocks access to the Internet."

THE FEDERALIST - "Your TV is spying on you for Big Brother."

THE FEDERALIST - "Big Brother: "Are you getting laid?"

THE FEDERALIST - "Democrat: "NSA taps phones without a warrant"

THE FEDERALIST - "GOP's Boehner: "Report traitors to the Party."

THE FEDERALIST - "The Bi-partisan Data-Mining Utah Compound"

THE FEDERALIST - "Obama collects 121 million phone records daily with the help of Democrats and the GOP in Congress"

THE FEDERALIST - "FBI - NSA are mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies"

THE FEDERALIST - "Government eye scans children against their will"

THE FEDERALIST - "Government Orders Midwives to Spy on ‘Racist’ Parents."

THE FEDERALIST - "Scotland: Every Child to Have “State Guardian” From Birth"

THE FEDERALIST - "It is CYA for Big Brother stooge Eric Holder"

THE FEDERALIST - "Immigration used as a cover for Big Brother scans of your body"

THE FEDERALIST - "Chuck Hagel turns military into politically correct pansies"

THE FEDERALIST - "Police sued for secretly collecting data on your movements"

THE FEDERALIST - "AT&T spies on you for Big Brother Obama"

THE FEDERALIST - "1984 Big Brother removes 40,000 words from the language"

THE FEDERALIST - "GOP wants employer access to your Facebook page"

THE FEDERALIST - "Big Brother DHS Drones That Can Detect Guns"

THE FEDERALIST - "ATF to build secret files on Americans"

THE FEDERALIST - "Feds spy on "Anti-Government Americans"

THE FEDERALIST - "500 secret Big Brother cameras in one county's buildings"

THE FEDERALIST - "US Military to record every phone conversation"

“What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic
who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your
arguments a fair hearing and then simply
persists in his lunacy?”
George Orwell, 1984

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