NSA Asked Linus Torvalds To Install Backdoors Into GNU/Linux

The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux. This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament. Chalk another one up of the United States NSA trying to make information technology less secure for everyone.

Nils Torvalds’ revelation was presented in an episode which started (at 3:06:58) by me pointing out to the Microsoft representative in the panel, that in a system like GNU/Linux, built on open source, you can examine the source code to see that there aren’t any back doors. In Microsoft’s systems, this possibility is absent, since the source code is secret to outsiders.

via: http://falkvinge.net/2013/11/17/nsa-asked-linus-torvalds-to-install-backdoors-into-gnulinux/

 

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One thought on “NSA Asked Linus Torvalds To Install Backdoors Into GNU/Linux

  1. I’m surprised that the NSA would even bother trying to to consult Linus Torvalds about installing backdoors into Linux. He made Linux for the purpose of allowing anyone to see the source code and make improvements. It bothers me that the NSA feels they have the right to ask anyone, even those outside of the United States, to install backdoors. I’m glad that systems like Linux exist, and hopefully more people will see the advantages of moving to an open-source operating system in the future.

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