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John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:08 pm

 
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:42 pm

So this is like a custom encrypted VPN device? If yes - it is useless:
http://www.informationweek.com/security ... /240159261
And if they can't crack the encryption by themselves - I am sure they can simply force the manufacturer to provide them the way to decrypt it.
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:47 pm

Bah, I was hoping this plan would involve his elite team of hot female assassins and/or Central American gangland acquaintances. I am disappoint.

On a serious note, decentralized hardware like local darknets and ad-hoc wireless is the right way to go. As long as everything flows through a handful of server farms owned by major telecoms it will be really easy for spies, hackers, disgruntled employees and other troublemakers to have their way with the system. Can't tell if his gadget is supposed to do that or will just be a big access point.
 
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:10 pm

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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:56 pm

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"Send lawyers, guns, and money..."

Nah, just avoid Russian waitresses.
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:39 pm

If it works as well as his McAfee Virus Delivery System, then this will save the NSA a lot of trouble.
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:29 pm

Hey now, the detection rate for their current product is not that awful - it's not as good as better paid options but much better than worthless crap from Microsoft or even Avira's products:
http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-us ... laug-2013/ :wink:
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:50 pm

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Hey now, the detection rate for their current product is not that awful - it's not as good as better paid options but much better than worthless crap from Microsoft or even Avira's products:
http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-us ... laug-2013/ :wink:



I've been removing viruses since Win95 and at least 60 per cent were infected with McAfee installed, yet maybe only 20 per cent that had NO anti-virus installed at all. The rest had Norton/Symantec and later, Microsoft's lame program. And then the rest of the apps fill in the other blank spaces. I am convinced McAfee is a beacon to malware who probe for its open ports for updates to identify it then attack the turdware, then compromise the system, since it prolly has root/admin.
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Re: John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems

Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:37 pm

NovusBogus wrote:
On a serious note, decentralized hardware like local darknets and ad-hoc wireless is the right way to go. As long as everything flows through a handful of server farms owned by major telecoms it will be really easy for spies, hackers, disgruntled employees and other troublemakers to have their way with the system. Can't tell if his gadget is supposed to do that or will just be a big access point.

In theory you can use the public networks and remain secure if you use strong end-to-end encryption. Unfortunately, all closed-source commercial encryption tools -- including the one McAfee is proposing! -- are suspect, as they may contain back doors or intentional weaknesses introduced at the behest of the NSA.
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