German government: Windows 8 contains U.S. NSA snooping back doors; too dangerous to use

“The National Security Agency’s snooping practices may be costing American companies a lot of money,” Brad Reed reports for BGR.

“erman publication Zeit Online has obtained leaked documents that purportedly show that IT experts within the German government believe that Windows 8 contains back doors that the NSA could use to remotely control any computers that have it installed,” Reed reports. “The German officials specifically worry about how Windows 8 interacts with Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) and are concerned that once Windows machines are paired with TPM 2.0 in 2015, they won’t be able to deactivate it on their machines if they don’t want it. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

“‘Trusted Platform,’ my ass.” — What the NSA micro drone on the wall in Phil Schiller’s office just recorded.

United States Constitution, Amendment IV:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

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    1. Will the circus take him back or is it not PC (Politically Correct) to have a dancing monkey any more?

      I will hate to see him go. He has helped me set up my 401K for years now.

      Thank you Ballmer!

  1. After jobs died apple joined NSA’s Nazi Prism program. Goes to show jobs was a lot of things, but a push over wasn’t one of them. So sure Microsoft caved back in 07 but the fact is apple caved as well.

        1. The only thing that could possibly fix x is a baseball bat to the back of the head.
          A nice, solid hickory one, not one of those fancy Easton alloy ones.
          I’d love to see x’s skull explode, just like hitting a watermelon.

    1. NSA needs no one’s permission to snoop. The motto of NSA is “All your bits are belong to us.” You want anonymity? Sell your iPhone, disconnect your iPad and Mac, move to the Big Thicket.

      1. MacFraud, I notice you don’t talk about getting rid of your own Android phone, y’know, the one that’s riddled with malware and security holes you could fly an Airbus A380 through…

    1. That would disqualify USA. This nation is becoming increasingly populated by human scum indoctrinated by the government schools that living off the sweat and wealth of hardworking citizens is an appropriate career choice.

    1. Why don’t you enlighten us what Franklin REALLY meant. Perhaps down the lines…

      “If your president is a Black Affirmative Action Knee Grow then forget everything I said, you racist!”

  2. Ages ago I tried to get people to understand that Apple moving from IBM’s Power chips had much more to do with TPMs and their supposed ability to keep A/V file piracy at bay. The media companies demanded it if the iTS was going to get TV shows & movies. Performance was not the issue – it was that Intel had the platform everyone was coalescing around to institutionally (if commercially) spy on us. This is what I heard & it made more logical sense, especially in light of the low power & multi-threaded/multi-cored monsters IBM came out with shortly thereafter.

    Now I wonder if there wasn’t more than just pressure from the studios on Apple to make the shift (hi Uncle Sammy!). Heard many things after that; Jobs may have never enabled the OS to interact with the TPMs, or perhaps they weren’t activated on the board, or possibly Apple fully utilized them & it was a well kept secret – never could find firm info about them at all once the switch was made.

    Anyway, point is people that before you get on your high horses about MS & Winblows using these things, remember that Apple has been using largely the same motherboard technology ever since they went MacIntel. And Cook is just the sort who would go along with something like this, at least more whole heartedly than Jobs.

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