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But basically secretly downloading it leads to the question of possible
malicious intent (and everyone knows that Google&Co. do voluntarily
and/or forcibly cooperate with NSA and friends).
And I guess no one can prove that this blob didn't contain any rootkit,
and even if - the rootkit'ed version may have been just distributed to
The downloading makes it more or less impossible for the admin/user and
especially for our maintainers to notice what's happening here
(otherwise they'd need audit every line of code for any such
And even if the blob wasn't evil: while I haven't looked at the code, I
wouldn't even be surprised if the downloading itself is done
Worse, chromium isn't the only such rootkit-downloader,... this happens
- to my taste - far to often in recent times,.. e.g. FF which secretly
downloaded the OpenH264 blob.
Linux isn't immune from Google's shenanigans. Did you see the links posted above by kitzik saying they snuck it into Debian Linux too?
originally posted by: SLAYER69
Loving Linux more and more.
originally posted by: Liquesence once that technology is there—and activated— it could be used by a third party, say the government/NSA
originally posted by: semperfortis
a reply to: Thorneblood
Not on my Android... I use the "Okay Google" so much I leave it on..
On all my PCs? ... Yes
According to Kaspersky, American cyber-surveillance agency, the NSA, is taking advantage of the centralization of hard-drive manufacturing to the US, by making WD and Seagate embed its spying back-doors straight into the hard-drive firmware, which lets the agency directly access raw data