Wiretapping Linux?

From: Marc Perkel
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 09:24:02 EST

As most of you know the United States is tapping you telephone calls and tracking every call you make. The next logical step is to start tapping your computer implanting spyware into operating systems. Since Windows and OS-X are proprietary this can be done more easilly with the cooperation of Microsoft and Apple.

So what about Linux? With thousands of people working on the Kernel if someone from the NSA wanted to slip a back door into the Kernel, could the do that? I know it's open source and it could be found if anyone looks but is anyone looking? Is this something that would get noticed if someone tried to do it? I'd like to think it would, but I'm going to ask anyway just to make sure.

Conversely, if Microsoft or Apple cooperated with the US government could they implant sptware without packets or hidden files being noticed?

I'm in the process of writing some articles about it and want to raise the issue of US government implanted spyware everywhere. I know some people might think this a little off topic but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Who better to ask this question of than those who develop the kernel?

Thanks in advance.

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