Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2430 China Trove

We've all heard endlessly about cyber-security.  How various companies and hackers and what not are pillaging our privacy and hawking their hacking to the highest bidder.  So my question is, should we be trusting our private information treasure to an enemy who manufactures our private devices?

For gosh sakes, the Supreme Court ruled that police in our own country can't look into your personal phone without a warrant.

A phone that may be made in China.

Take the big Lenovo scandal.  They were recently discovered to have shipped laptops with a particularly pernicious form of adware called Superfish pre-installed.  It tracks users' every move online.  It works by scooping up data on secure sites, like banking and e-commerce pages.  You know, those pages that are ultra secure to external threats.  But not if the threat is sitting in your own lap.

So quick question.  Lenovo is a Chinese company.  China.  Not only copyright piracy central.  But China the authoritarian country that directs its not-so-free enterprise efforts.  And, oh yeah, our enemy.  You think this Superfish thing wasn't intentional?  Something's super fishy here.

It gets better.  Alibaba, the giant Chinese e-commerce company that makes Amazon look like a mom and pop store, has just invested $200 million in Snapchat.  Yep, Snapchat, the place where not so smart people post nude pictures of themselves that will supposedly disappear.  Right into the Chinese spy database I'm guessing.

But don't worry.  You don't need Snapchat if you take nude shower selfies on your Xiaomi phone.  It's made in China too and will be happy to collect all the private everything else you usually put on your phone.  I just hope it's compatible with my Russian tablet. 

Thank God the local police won't be able to see it. 

America, ya gotta love it. 

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