Is the United States Government developing vulnerabilities in software and intentionally keeping them open?
That sounds like a stupid question but is it true? Edward Snowden is pouring through the thousands of pages of CIA spying documents dumped by Wikileaks earlier today and he claims they look legitimate and this is the big news to come out of them so far. Here is what he had to say via Twitter:
The CIA reports show the USG developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 7, 2017
If this is true why would the government be involved in a nefarious scheme such as this? Well, if the government knows where the vulnerabilities are they will also know how to exploit them, won’t they? But of course the government would never use these vulnerabilities to spy on Americans, right? And even if the government did not, it is–as Edward Snowden pointed out–reckless beyond words because it leaves us vulnerable to foreign attacks.
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