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MS regularly passes on information about how to break into its products to US agencies

bubblews.com writes:

"With already major concern over DRM and Microsoft's complete backtrack on it, deep scrutiny from whistle blowers, drones and current privacy policies, (especially in the US NSA) the public is at a perhaps all time sensitivity of their data and details being passed on. However Microsoft is under the spotlight again as investigation has shown Microsoft passes on information on how to break into it's products to US agencies. So with the kinect fixed in a bundle with the Xbox One console, it wont be a surprise that many people will begin to fear they are being watched, under constant surveillance. This is not the first time Microsoft have received this sort of accusation as windows appeared to have backdoors built in. "

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US8F1553d ago

The problem is that they may activate those without anyone knowing down the road. I suggest that people who buy the console read the fine print and see to it that when your rights gets violated, you have the right to sue.

NewMonday1553d ago

"special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows"

$#!t

time fore a Linux partition

If someone was to make a secure OS he would make a ton of money really fast.

Richard Cypher1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Yes it's clear when only looking at published news (so just a part of reality) that this is a very standard practice.
Since the "war on terror" thing, it just went worse since they have more power to force any society to let them access their data.

For the average joe, all you have to know is that anything you put on the cloud, you should consider govnerments can acess it if they want to.
When you know about security this is just the day to day situation, for example any person or society can't cypher data with high level key without giving associated private key to the government (depending the country, by advance or on demand).

So the question isn't even if the government can access your kinect or not, if they want to or ask it, they will be provided an access, they have "the legal right" to do it and the companies have to give it and can't for national security reason speak about it.

The situation is worsened by the fact that :
1 - most major IT and Internet actors are US societies
2 - the us govnerment is the one with the more budget and tools (and everything isn't even known since black program budget aren't even published and validated by any chamber)

Orwell, you were quite a genius on this abnormal "security" trend.

Richard Cypher1553d ago

What people should be aware of is that most of the time when you are taken away one of your rights, you don't get it back.

So clever peoples should be very interested in how their datas are accessed because knowledge is the basis of power.

And a tool has no morality, it depends of the use you make of it, so the same tools supposed to protect you can be used to enslave you, it's just as simple as that.

Therefore, we should be very cautious when your rights are removed.

Excalibur1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Exactly why I WILL NOT have a mandatory surveillance system connected to an "entertainment" system.

Like the old staying goes "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't watching".

SpinalRemains1381553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

The fact that ppl actually bow down to the corporate masters and give away their privacy rights, just so they can play call of duty with their favorite controller, is a complete indication that we are headed for Idiocracy.

One day, when they're in their 40s, they will look back and realize the massive undertaking that they have not only participated in, but supported and cheered on!

green1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I do not know where he got his quote from but reading it, it has nothing to do with the Xbox but with Windows. Hence this story is not gaming related and should be submitted to Techspy.

""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.""

Richard Cypher1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

If a society on purpose let backdoors for the government on their major product long before the "patriot act", just guess what will happen with a product coming soon.

Try guessing for example with a product that come with a mandatory camera :)

MariaHelFutura1553d ago

....a mandatory infared camera that cannot be disconnected for the console to function even if you're not on a game thats not using the camera.

MariaHelFutura1553d ago

I would say ANYTHING associated w/ Microsoft that has to w/ spying is very very relevant to Xbox One considering the circumstances.

creatchee1553d ago

@MariaHelFutura

"I would say ANYTHING associated w/ Microsoft that has to w/ spying is very very relevant to Xbox One considering the circumstances."

That's like saying that because one person is a rapist or murderer, then everybody in their whole family should be considered rapists or murderers.

A more accurate comment from you would have been:

"I would say ANYTHING associated w/ Microsoft is bad because I am a Sony fanboy/girl and feel the need to attack everything about their products so that I can feel more secure in my purchases. Or maybe I am just a giant tool."

LostDjinn1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

@ Green. "I do not know where he got his quote from but reading it, it has nothing to do with the Xbox but with Windows." - Xbone runs Windows 8.

That's the reality of the situation. Do I need links or can you find those on your own? I hope you didn't charge MS for that exhibition of evergreening. It was terrible.

Edit: I mean really terrible! (You look like you needed reminding)

Lone_Man1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

one blow after another...

Megaton1553d ago

I'm not so paranoid that I think the government has any interest in a nobody like me, but the mandatory Kinect plugin is still the main deal-breaker for me on the XB1.

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