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Discussion in 'Politics and Current Affairs' started by sfbloodbrother, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Extreme Android User
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    After reading another thread which mentioned this, I decided to search this. Found this article.
    NSA Is Writing Security Code For Android | WebProNews

    I got to thinking about this for a while, and to be honest I think I'm okay with it so long as they are not spying on us.
    I consider Edward Snowden a Good guy, even though he leaked so much information about the NSA and is probably the most wanted person by the CIA, NSA, and FBI right now he's cool.
    The NSA has a LOT of bad reputation, and everytime I hear the acronym the first thing that comes to my mind is "This must be a bad thing".
    But after reading the article, got me thinking about the good thing that could come from this. Formally the government used BlackBerry Phones, but with their "Lack of innovation and usability" they need something better. What is better than Android, where they can write security code for it??

    Just as long as they are not spying on us, having them write security code could be a good thing?
    I had my Apple account hacked like 3 times, so no way that I trust Apple with security at all. And I only had my Apple account for like 1 year. My Google Account with every thing they know and the information Google has on me for the passed 6 years. Never a problem.

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  2. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    The source code for Android is free to download and review for everyone. I'm sure SOMEONE other than Google has gone through it, if the NSA slipped something in there for spying, it would have come out by now.

    I read an article where the NSA's contribution to Android was akin to their contribution to Linux, which has been reviewed by many people and nothing suspicious was found.
     
  3. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Extreme Android User
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    Yes, I think that some may freak out because of the reputation of the NSA. But if they plan on using it, and they want to better security, then that's a good thing. As long as they don't spy on me. Because there's nothing else to go.
     
  4. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'm going to do a preemptive strike and move this to Politics and Current Affairs. I see great potential here for this to turn heated! :D
     
  5. copestag

    copestag Android Expert

    not sure this is even a potential red flag for anyone....... who cares if the NSA is writing code for android.... they dont need to spy on anyone using Android

    Google was among the most prolific and in many cases eager to please in giving all the information to the NSA....... the NSA doesnt need anything more on your phone..... Google already hands over any information about anyone using android (or anything else associated with Google) that they ask for

    my guess is this was some sort of Quid Pro Quo........ you tell us everything we want to know..... and we'll write the code that youre programmers are too inept for
     
  6. binaryhermit

    binaryhermit Well-Known Member

    What's going on is that the NSA writes SELinux, which is part of the Linux kernel, which Google has now enabled in Android. Given what the NSA does, I'm pretty sure that the code and what it does is extremely well-audited.
     
  7. dibblebill

    dibblebill Android Expert

    Right. So their fight against secret NSA letters isn't happening. Source that they do it eagerly.
     
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