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Originally posted by Sararainmaker
Here are just some of the disturbing private-sector companies currently "contracted" by the US government in the interest of "national security" and what they do(if you don't already know):
Adobe: Software Developer
Anonymizer, Inc: Identity Protection
Cisco Systems: Networking, IT
Dell, Inc: PC Supplier
Google: Search Engine
Microsoft: Windows Software Developer
Motorola: Communications Technology
Novell: IT, Networking
Oracle USA: Database Software
Qualcomm, Inc: Telecommunications
Quest Software: Business Management
Red Hat, Inc: Linux Platform Developer
Sun Microsystems: Networking, Database, IT (and much more)
Symantec: Anti-virus Software Developer
How NSA access was built into Windows
Duncan Campbell 04.09.1999
Careless mistake reveals subversion of Windows by NSA.
A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.
The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren. But it was only a few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA.
Computer security specialists have been aware for two years that unusual features are contained inside a standard Windows software "driver" used for security and encryption functions. The driver, called ADVAPI.DLL, enables and controls a range of security functions. If you use Windows, you will find it in the C:\Windows\system directory of your computer.
Originally posted by findingth3truth
However, the one I do think is interesting is Adobe. For the company who makes photoshop to be contracted out seems a little fishy.