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”
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Full testimony: http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/speeches_testimonies/17nov09_schaeffer.shtml
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
- Visit the Open source as alternative website and grab your alternative open source software to any Windows 7 applet