NSA, GCHQ Admit That The Public Is The Enemy Sept 11, 2013 21:51:49 GMT
Authored by wayneborean on Sept 11, 2013 21:51:49 GMT
As for the trust of American software, hardware, that was a forgone conclusion.
Something American agencies have just started thinking about, ie Lenovo. Although, I think there's a different reason for that than the public explanation. After all, it's all made in either China or Korea now. All the more reason to buy Samsung products, and with Apple going more and more to Chinese products.
If I have to have spyware in my hardware, I'd be more comfortable with South Korean trojans, than Chinese trojans. But, of course South Korean trojans may be NSA sponsored. Maybe it's time to start fabbing my own. I seriously need to take a look at this. Not that I have anything to worry about, it's just the creepiness factor.
But, I know, what I'm doing this weekend. Installing CM on all two of my android devices. Might brick my Samsung SIII in the process.
The Chinese Government is planning to move all Government computers to Red Flag Linux. It appears that they also intend to force business into adopting Linux.
A wide range of other governments had already been moving to Free and Open Source Software. I expect the NSA revelations will speed the various moves that are already in progress.
Economically this is going to impact the United States economy. I don't know how badly - estimations of that sort are difficult because there are too many variables. In theory it could push the USA into another recession. In any case, the days of the USA being the sole Super Power are probably over. It won't be possible to keep military spending at the current level.
That said, there are a variety of ways of reducing the impact, assuming that anyone in power has the guts to take them.