Never Trust An Effing Technocrat

I get sick of articles on technology wanker sites praising evil corporations like Microsoft, Google and Apple, and especially the comment threads which are full of besotted fanboys queueing to sing the praises of demonic nerds like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the Google script kiddies.

They say things like “The technology leaders are heroes, they have made everybody’s life so much better.” (Well they may have improved the lives of sad little geeks who spent all their time hunched over computers, but most people find the internet a decent way to communicate now there are fewer pubs to meet our mates in, convenient for shopping now there are so few decent shops left in the high street and a place to look at porn without exposing yourself to the risk of being seen emerging from shops with blacked out windows, carrying your purchases in a plain brown bag.

While the internet and its many technologies have their benefits, those benefits come at a cost to our freedom and privacy. And the fanboy’s favourite object of worship is actually the most evil of all technology corporations that makes money from the net.

Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher

Apple has been accused of intentionally installing security backdoors in some 600 million iOS devices that offer surveillance-level access to data including photos, browsing history and GPS locations.

The vulnerabilities were uncovered by security expert Jonathan Zdziarski, who presented an academic paper on the subject at a hacker conference in New York last Friday.

Apple has issued a statement in response to the allegations saying that the company’s “diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security,” but Zdziarski has responded by noting that these services “dish out data” regardless of whether the user has agreed to diagnostics.

“There is no way to disable these mechanisms,” Zdziarski writes on his personal blog. “This makes it much harder to believe that Apple is actually telling the truth here.”

The backdoors reportedly cover a range of hidden tools and protocols that activate with “paired” computers – machines connected to an iPhone or iPad via USB that the user has granted security access to.

Read all: The Independent

The really weird thing is that the fanboys continue to insist technology firms would never do anything like this, a year after the US and British government surveillance agencies NSA and GCHQ and all the major tachnology companied admitted allegations of covert data gathering were true.

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