US bans use of Kaspersky software by federal agencies

sajunky

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"Citing concerns about lack of links to the US government and espionage agencies".
 

sajunky

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Good suggestion. Why not write to the main ones and let them know. The thought probably hasn't occurred to them.
Couple years ago South African government had considered seriously to deploy open source software in all government institutions. What happened then? Bill Gates visited South Africa, started offering various donations, but a real reason why government has abandoned opens source software was that government received tools to spy on people who were using Microsoft Windows or Office products.
 

konfab

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Governments worldwide should use Linux and other FOSS systems.
Linux isn't necessarily free of spyware...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Star_OS

The operating system comes pre-installed with a number of applications that monitor its users. If the user tries to disable security functions, the operating system may restart or destroy itself. In addition, a watermarking tool integrated into the system marks all media content with the hard drive's serial number. This makes it possible for the North Korean authorities to trace the spread of files. The system also has a hidden "anti-virus" software that is capable of removing censored files that are remotely stored by the North Korean secret service. There is a user group called "administrator" in the operating system. Users, however, can't gain full privileges to the system, even if they're administrators. Commands such as sudo and su are not available.[13]
 

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Couple years ago South African government had considered seriously to deploy open source software in all government institutions. What happened then? Bill Gates visited South Africa, started offering various donations, but a real reason why government has abandoned opens source software was that government received tools to spy on people who were using Microsoft Windows or Office products.
Boy, loopy daloop. So governments use Window so they can spy on one another? LOL.

Just as easy to spy on Linux or anything else, btw.
 

ToxicBunny

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Couple years ago South African government had considered seriously to deploy open source software in all government institutions. What happened then? Bill Gates visited South Africa, started offering various donations, but a real reason why government has abandoned opens source software was that government received tools to spy on people who were using Microsoft Windows or Office products.
Wow....

They don't make tinfoil hats strong enough for you I don't think.
 

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New WikiLeaks publication reveals CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs anti-v

Thread revival:

So this happened:

New WikiLeaks publication reveals CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs anti-virus company

https://wikileaks.org/vault8/
 
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