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Kaspersky's NSA HDD Firmware Spying Revelations - Data Was Never Safe

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:12 pm

The Future is Unsecure, Unknown and Not So United

 

This story is really only just breaking now, so we don't have the full picture. What I've written here today is a bunch of facts that we already know about, with an injection of personal opinion. We all need to be aware of this, because the US government is getting away with something that is very serious.

 

Does anyone remember Watergate? What happened to the Nixon administration following that? What gives the Obama administration the idea that this is anywhere near justified? There have been no serious attacks on the United States since 9/11, but plenty of expensive wars that suck up over 50% of taxpayers' money on wars overseas.

 

Internally, the United States is spying on all of its citizens with its various spying systems, drones, cameras, backdoors into smartphones and now HDDs. Then this spying extends overseas into various governments, military installations, corporations and much more. Using the term "all-seeing eye" is very appropriate for this system, as that's what it effectively is.

 

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The US government has an all-seeing eye that uses its various technologies, companies, and power to spy on virtually anything connected to the Internet. We have drones and satellites that can zoom right down to the newspaper you're reading in your backyard, constantly advancing front-facing cameras and TVs that spy on us, backdoors into our smartphones and tablets - and now HDDs. This is on a consumer level.

 

At a corporate and government level, the US government spies with much more accuracy and bias than any other country. But when North Korea or China are to have reportedly - as reported by the mainstream media in the United States - hacked or spy on the United States, then it's game on. The US goes on attack, and is throwing sanctions and executive orders all over the place. But when it's found out that the US is using its power to spy on the world, nothing is said.

 

There needs to be an instant public statement from the Obama administration, and from Barack Obama himself. The NSA needs to be ripped apart, and its powers neutered. Sure, the US still needs a spy agency - but not a spy agency that bakes spying backdoors into HDDs across the world.

 

The storage companies need to come out and admit that they were complicit in a way - and if you think I'm crossing a line by saying that - really think about it. Do these companies really not know what's going on? Do we really want to sit here and think that storage companies ship ever increasingly larger HDDs on mass scale, without knowing what's going on? Their IP has been breached - they should be taking the NSA to court, right now.

 

But nothing like that is happening, and that's for a reason. We've just been introduced to NSA Revelations 2.0, but because there's no American behind it like Snowden, there's no boogeyman to have paraded around on the media. Not that the media really want to come out and tell the world that the entire security sector and privacy market has changed overnight, for the worse.

 

If you thought your data was safe - you were wrong.

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