The NSA worked on Windows 7 before its release

The recent testimony of Richard Schaefer’s  to the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security reveals that the NSA tinkered with Windows 7 before its release, it looks like one of the biggest voyeur agencies in the World is not missing a single opportunity to get its filthy pawns all over people’s operating system.

Richard Schaefer, NSA Information Assurance Director quoted

“Working in partnership with Microsoft and elements of the DoD, NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft’s operating system security guide without constraining the user’s ability to perform their everyday tasks”

PRIVACY WARNING: Before visiting the NSA website use a proxy!

Full testimony: http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/speeches_testimonies/17nov09_schaeffer.shtml

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Protection against possible NSA backdoors on Windows 7

If you are a Windows 7 user you will want to protect your life, wife and kids from outside interference, but this will be extremely hard now that it is known the NSA had access to Windows 7 before you.

The obvious advice is that you should not use Windows 7 at all, but if you must, at the very least try to stop any possible NSA malware with open source security software:

  • Do not use the Windows 7 firewall get some old computer and install a free open source firewall based on FreeBSD such as M0n0wall
  • Do not use Microsoft Windows Defender get a free open source antivirus such as ClamWin
  • Watch what data packets are being sent out and where, download a free packet sniffer such as Wireshark

2 thoughts on “The NSA worked on Windows 7 before its release”

  1. Before visiting the NSA website use a proxy? Wow, I think that’s a little unnecessary. The Security Guide is a set of configuration settings, such as “Turn off the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program.” They don’t install special backdoor holes. Do you really think MS would let them do this? They’ve got enough trouble with their own security holes caused by their own programmers; I don’t think they need any government programmers at the NSA causing more problems for them.

    Yes, Windows firewall is a piece of crap, but come on, get another computer to run a firewall? Again, that’s a little over the top. Windows Defender does suck, but I personally don’t prefer open source antivirus. Monitor the packets? OMG, really?

    If the NSA has installed some backdoor malware, I’ll just wait for someone else who has spent several weeks of their life monitoring their system, following these directions here, to discover for me that indeed a packet is being sent to an IP block that may or may not belong to the NSA. There’s too many people with nothing better to do with their lives than waste hours looking for this stuff for me to care whether something could potentially be on my computer, when the odds are stacked in favor of this all just being massive paranoia.

  2. Hello Matt and thank you for your feedback.

    I think you may want to read the Electronic Frontiers Foundation NSA FAQ to learn more about what kind of people we are talking about here, this is not some Church group, but a highly trained highly intrusive Government agency whose record on civil liberties and constitutional freedom looks rather bleak.

    NSA Spying FAQ:
    http://www.eff.org/nsa/faq

    Recently the NSA was caught conducting a massive program of dragnet surveillance on AT&T customers, recording millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.

    There is no paranoia here, those who care about a private life should worry about the NSA and anything they have had access to, in this case Windows 7.

    NSA Spying:
    http://www.eff.org/issues/nsa-spying

    I do not have any proof of the NSA installing a back door on Windows 7, but the NSA is not an agency I would trust with taking my dog out for a walk, by tinkering with Windows 7 it is as if they had been at my home before me, these people have had access to Windows 7 before me and now I do not know what they might or might not have done.

    You will also notice that the software I recommended is all open source, while not perfect, this makes much harder for anyone to backdoor it.

    Better be safe than sorry.

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