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Subject:  Re: FYI: Android inserts NSA "trojans" Date:  7/10/2013  11:42 AM
Author:  notehound Number:  428356 of 539048

This can and will go a lot further by its nature.

In the spirit of full disclosure, the linked article points out the following:

...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...

Interestingly, the NSA officials cited in the linked article don't say anything about the code preventing the NSA or a "rogue" government (or contractor) agent from accessing personal and corporate data for the purpose of embezzlement, theft or relieving the device user of their life, liberty or property.

To imagine such Orwellian uses of "innocuous" NSA code is, I'm sure just silly paranoia and tin-foil hat delusional thinking.

In fact, I'm absolutely sure the only reason the NSA has been allowed to embed code directly in the Android operating system is that Google just didn't have the resources, the programming ability or the brainpower to write its own code to "prevent hackers and marketers from gaining access to personal or corporate data" on its customers' devices. Therefore, Google had to turn to the government for help.

I'm also sure that allowing the NSA code to be directly embedded in the operating system has absolutely nothing to do with Google's desire to avoid being accused of allowing the government to access private customer data stored on Google's servers. Why should Google act as a "middle man" for handing over personal data, when it's so much easier to grant the NSA direct access to the data on the device itself, before it ever reaches Google's servers?

Since many people use their smart phones to store things like passwords, account numbers, lock combinations, and other sensitive data, what better way for the NSA, its agents or contractors to gain complete control over a person's life? Are the "security enhancements" for "securing" the device user or, rather, for securing and cementing the government's power over individuals.

Nah. That's definitely tin-foil hat stuff. After all, the NSA is "from the government and they're here to help."

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