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The NSA Has Inserted Its Code Into Android OS, or Three Quarters of All Smartphones

The NSA Has Inserted Its Code Into Android OS, or Three Quarters of All Smartphones

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/09/2013 20:34 -0400

Over a decade ago, it was discovered that the NSA embedded backdoor access into Windows 95, and likely into virtually all other subsequent internet connected, desktop-based operating systems. However, with the passage of time, more and more people went "mobile", and as a result the NSA had to adapt. And adapt they have: as Bloomberg reports, "The NSA is quietly writing code for Google’s Android OS."

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano confirms that the company has already inserted some of the NSA’s programming in Android OS. "All Android code and contributors are publicly available for review at source.android.com." Scigliano says, declining to comment further.

Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-09/nsa-has-inserted-it...

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I think I see the long game here

This code is off for now and it's probably innocuous at this point. The thing is, it's hard to review because it's code for the Linux part of the Android OS, which is 12 million lines or so. But it's not impossible to review today.

What is impossible is for anyone to compete with these funded NSA'ers when you're talking about maintaining the expertise to maintain the code. The long game is that when the day comes that there is no expertise outside the NSA to maintain that portion of the code, the NSA will get a freer pass to do what they want to it.

I'm not worried about the "not visible to users" part. Not on the device, no, but those same users are just as free as you or I to go look up the code. How many of you even know if the device you're on now is Linux-based or not, much less having seen a line of that code? I'm studying how to develop Android apps and I won't even have to look at a line of Linux code, so I'm not taking it as nefarious that a user won't.

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