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Old 09-20-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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LXer: Linus Torvalds Admits He Was Approached By US Government To Insert Backdoor Into Linux -- Or D


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At the LinuxCon meeting in New Orleans, Linus Torvalds was asked if he had ever been approached by the US government to insert a backdoor into the Linux kernel. Here's his characteristic answer: Torvalds responded "no" while shaking his head "yes," as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter. Obviously, it's hard to tell from that whether he really meant "yes" or "no". But the question does touch on an important issue: whether open source might be less vulnerable than traditional applications to tampering by the NSA or other intelligence organizations.

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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I hope he was joking, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't. I do wonder about the kernel hacking incident a few years back. Not much was said on what exactly happened.
 
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Replace 'shaking' with 'nodding' and it makes more sense.
 
  


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