[Cryptography] Who needs NSA implants?

John Gilmore gnu at toad.com
Tue Dec 8 17:07:12 EST 2015

> Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo PC's come with full remote access vulnerabilities out of the box.  Why bother diverting them?  They're already spiked.
> http://techreport.com/news/29410/dell-toshiba-and-lenovo-utilities-expose-pcs-to-more-attacks                                                        -- Jerry

Because diverting them will let NSA flash BIOS trojans (or hard drive
firmware trojans).  All three of the issues that you mentioned are
resolved if you merely wipe the hard drive upon reciept.  NSA prefers
exploits that survive hard drive erasure and installation of a fresh
OS of your choice.


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