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Chinese hackers exploit back door created by US Internet surveillance

January 30, 2010 · Leave a Comment

You’ve heard that Google has threatened to pull out of China.  The reason?  Chinese hackers had broken into its servers in an attempt to gather intelligence related to political dissidents.

Good for Google.

The part of the story few are telling?  Those Chinese hackers exploited a “back door” – or a system that was created by Google at Washington’s request, giving US intelligence agents a way to spy on you.  Through the back door agents can access email and other Internet transactions.  While there are a large number of Americans (the majority in several surveys) that would willingly trade their privacy rights for perceived safety, this demonstrates what a Faustian bargain they are willing to make.

And it’s not just the Chinese who are exploiting the back door.  US intelligence agents have been discovered spying on wives, girlfriends – as well as famous figures like Bill Clinton.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

– Benjamin Franklin, 1775

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