EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

08.05.15

Vista 10 is Worse Than Spyware, It Adds People’s Computers to a Botnet

Posted in Microsoft, Vista 10, Windows at 9:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The latest version of Windows is on the verge of criminal activity (but with a newly-written EULA permitting this), as more prominent writers finally care to mention

JUDGING by some recent news, Vista 10 is not doing so well (not to our surprise). Microsoft is hardly even sharing any figures. The British media warns about privacy violations that pretty much render the user a “product” and the new customer of Microsoft advertisers. “Here’s a quick FYI,” wrote The Register, “if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft’s new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again.

“If you value your privacy, or have a distrust of Microsoft, you probably want to make sure some or all of the settings are flipped to off. These include things like sending “typing and inking” data to Microsoft’s servers, and letting apps identify you by your unique advertising ID number.

“Your physical whereabouts and your web browser history, plus your contacts and calendar records, are also phoned home to Redmond. Your PC will even let other computers download updates from it, and potentially share your Wi-Fi network with strangers.”

People who think that altering privacy settings in Vista 10 will truly help are fooling themselves. Windows has a long history of not obeying user preferences/configurations. In Windows XP, for example, there was a setting for disabling automatic updates. But Microsoft deliberately ignored it. This setting was decorative at best.

Vista 10 is a monstrous surveillance machine worse by far than Facebook because it has access to webcams, microphones, and every single file. Vista 10 is not an operating systems but a monstrous surveillance and data-sucking machine which happens to have a kernel and GUI. People who worry about installing Vista 10 because it’s a data hoover must also avoid Skype (all platforms) because it sucks up (to Microsoft’s servers) a lot of data. Every time you install Skype or some other Microsoft malware on any device (even Android-powered) you let Microsoft (and NSA, via PRISM) suck a lot of private data upwards, to the so-called ‘cloud’. Every time you install an app on Android be sure to view permissions first, then assume all the data (or devices like a microphone) can and will suck in data, eventually uploading it all. This data has value as it can be sold. If you use Skype or Windows, then you are the product. The client is, among others, the NSA.

An article by Glyn Moody strives to remind people that Vista 10 is not free. To quote the conclusion: “Any one of these would be enough to raise serious privacy concerns, even if some can be turned off; put together, they look as if an executive order has gone out to harvest the maximum amount of personal information, and to disregard privacy issues completely. Back in 1999, when Sun’s CEO Scott McNealy famously declared “You have zero privacy anyway, get over it,” he could be forgiven for living in an innocent era when the harm that might flow from that situation seemed circumscribed. Today, in the post-Snowden world, putting “zero privacy” at the heart of your latest product in the way that Microsoft seems to have done with Windows 10, is not just foolish and anachronistic, but downright contemptuous of users and their safety.”

Moody says that Vista 10 is ‘free’ like a “free puppy” — an analogy recently (mis)used by a Microsoft propagandist (Branscombe) against Free software.

Vista 10, to make matters worse than just these privacy violations, turns your hardware into part of a botnet commandeered by Microsoft. It basically lets Microsoft take over your machine and then use it. “If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10,” explained one writer, “then Microsoft could be using your PC – and your internet connection – to silently send Windows updates to others.”

“Richard Stallman was right to call Windows “malware”. It it wasn’t malware before, it sure is now.”Vista 10 is not the only software which Microsoft turned in to part of a botnet. Skype has been doing it for years (after Microsoft had taken over).

Ryan Farmer, in our IRC channels, says that “Windows went from bordering on malware to actual malware. It hijacks your internet connection that you are paying for and makes you foot Microsoft’s bandwidth bills.” Ryan warned about this a week ago, but it’s only now that the media has caught up.

Meanwhile, as revealed by this horrible story, Vista 10 is a privacy violation not only across the network but also within one’s home. To quote the gist of it: “Following the successful release of Windows 10 last week, one man who decided to partake in the free upgrade got a little bit more than he bargained for.

“Posting on Reddit, a man detailed how he began the Windows 10 installation process at night before going to bed. Come the next morning, his wife woke him up asking why their computer’s screensaver was cycling through the man’s ostensibly private porn photo collection which, he later explained, included quite a few celebrity nudes.”

Vista 10 has taken surveillance to a whole new level and to make matter worse, it gives Microsoft full control over people’s computers, which are basically rendered zombies now. Richard Stallman was right to call Windows “malware”. It it wasn’t malware before, it sure is now.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. jbonline1010 said,

    August 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Gravatar

    Thanks for the heads-up. I just tossed my Windows 10 computer into the river….not really. Yes Win10 does peer-to-peer updating (no personal data of any kind), I suspect most won’t like this when they learn about it. Why not tell them how to turn it off, because you can and it is easy. I turned mine off and I was pissed Microsoft turned it on by default. That is where my agreement with your article ends.

    Regarding Windows 10 basically being malware and sending all your info to Microsoft, where the hell have you been man? Everybody’s information has been sent to others for a long long long time now and that has nothing to do with Windows 10. If anything Microsoft is playing catchup in this area. Information is the new currency and it is here to stay. Diligent people can improve their security greatly but it takes effort so most don’t and never will. Win 7 is far more secure than previous versions and I suspect Win10 will improve on it. I skipped Win8 for obvious reasons.

    I use Linux, Windows, Android, IOS and OSX. I deal with cyber security issues everyday and on a large scale. No operating system is safe and neither is your data. If you are online your sharing even if you don’t know it no matter what device you are using. You make it sound like Microsoft is the issue, which is absolutely false. Our interconnected digital world is the issue. Write about that…

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Proprietary software, which routinely facilitates back door demands, is unique in that regard. Saying “No operating system is safe and neither is your data” is defeatism. You surrendered before even trying to fight back.

What Else is New


  1. Great News: While IBM et al Try to Undermine Patent Reform the Supreme Court Deepens the Reform in TC Heartland Case

    In a unanimous decision, with the court ruling 8-0 against TC Heartland, the monkey business in East Texas (beneficial to patent trolls and large businesses that leverage software patents) may have just come to an end



  2. Speculations About Battistelli's End of Term, Campinos at EUIPO, and Failed UPC Ambitions

    Rumours and speculations surrounding the fate of the EPO's leadership now that the UPC gravy train is stuck again and Battistelli's protector, Jesper Kongstad, is about to leave



  3. Martijn van Dam is Wrong to Believe That Battistelli's Abuses Are Somehow Acceptable or Tolerable Because His Term is Possibly Ending

    Coverage of Martijn van Dam’s stance (he is the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs) reveals that economic gain trumps ethics and justice, irrespective of what the law says



  4. Media and Staff Association Elections at EPO and WIPO Are Compromised

    A campaign of abuse (legal bullying) and gifting to the media, combined with a wide-ranging assault on critics who represent the interests of staff, have led WIPO and EPO down the route to totality



  5. New Documents Help Demonstrate That ILO Delivers Institutional Injustice to EPO Employees and Cushions Team Battistelli

    The International Labour Organisation Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) delivers not justice but merely the illusion of justice, probably in defiance of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)



  6. Leaked: 2017 European Inventor Award Finalists, or Stooges Whom the Tyrant Battistelli Exploits for PR Purposes and Media Manipulation

    The stupidest ceremony in Europe (turning serious science into something sketchy such as Eurovision) is disliked among EPO staff and is exploited by the person who destroys the EPO (Benoît Battistelli) to pretend all is fine and dandy, at huge expense to the Office (as extraordinary as about 5 million Euros for a ~2-hour show)



  7. EPO: Can the Staff Union of the European Patent Office (SUEPO) Still Save It?

    Genuine concerns about the slow process at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the lack of progress at ILO, which coincide with weakening of the unions and threat to jobs of patent examiners (leaving ordinary Europeans more vulnerable to meritless patent lawsuits)



  8. Links 21/5/2017: Linux 3.18.53, Tizen 4.0

    Links for the day



  9. Cloudflare's Enemy is Software Patents, Not Just One Software Patent or One Patent Troll

    With a bounty of $50,000, which is likely less than the cost of legal defense, Cloudflare looks for help with its own case rather than the underlying issues that need tackling worldwide



  10. Patent Laws -- and Especially Eligibility of Software Patents -- Are Being Hijacked by Large Corporations and Their Front Groups

    Intervention by large multinational corporations and their lawyers, front groups, etc. (like the classic lobbying model) gives room for concern in multiple continents where most software development is done



  11. Links 18/5/2017: Catching Up With the Past Three Days

    Links for the day



  12. The US Supreme Court Consults USPTO Director Michelle Lee Regarding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Which is Invalidating Software Patents With CAFC's Approval

    Software patents continue to get knocked out by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) whose introduction of PTAB gave a helping hand to companies that are susceptible to abusive litigation (with bogus patents)



  13. IBM and Its Revolving Doors Lobby Are Plotting to Undermine Supreme Court Rulings to Restore Patentability of Software

    IBM has become so evil that it is now trying to steal democracy, label programmers "thieves", and basically attack the rule of law by extra-judicially overturning a Supreme Court decision



  14. 3 Years After the Alice Case at the Supreme Court the Plague of Software Patents is Easier to Cope With

    Litigation figures are down, rejection rates of software patents remain high, and only spin (e.g. cherry-picking) or constant lobbying can save those who used to profit from software patents



  15. The Attacks of Patent Trolls as Outlined in the Media This Past Week

    An outline of some of the latest troll cases to be aware of and their consequences too (e.g. software patents being used to literally shut down entire programs)



  16. Links 14/5/2017: Linux 4.12 RC1 and KDE Frameworks 5.34.0

    Links for the day



  17. Industry Giants Challenge Qualcomm's Patent Practices While the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Closely Examines Such Behavior

    Scrutiny of Qualcomm's patent aggression and coercion -- scrutiny that can profoundly change the way software patents, SEPs and FRAND are viewed -- as seen in various amicus briefs (amici) from industry giants that are affected



  18. Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette Questions Whether Patents Work When Patent Scope is Too Broad

    Citing MIT economist (and MacArthur “genius”) Heidi Williams, Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette from Stanford challenges old myths and quotes: “we still have essentially no credible empirical evidence on the seemingly simple question of whether stronger patent rights—either longer patent terms or broader patent rights—encourage research investments.”



  19. OIN is Still a Distraction Unless We Want GNU/Linux to Coexist With Software Patents (Rather Than Eliminate Those)

    Another wave of media coverage by/for the Open Invention Network (OIN) necessitates a reminder of what OIN stands for and why it is not tackling the biggest problems which Free/Open Source software (FOSS) faces



  20. Links 13/5/2017: Neptune Plasma 5 ISO, a Shift to Free (FOSS) Databases

    Links for the day



  21. Countries With a Dozen European Patents Are an Easy Photo-Op 'Sell' for Battistelli While the EPO's Demise is Largely Ignored by the Patent Microcosm

    Behind the façade of legitimacy, the EPO suffers from an incompetent, insecure and delusional boss, whose actions will almost certainly lead to the collapse of both the Office and the entire Organisation (whose founding document he routinely shreds to pieces)



  22. Our Assessment: Unitary Patent (UPC) Will Crumble Along With Battistelli's Regime at the EPO

    A reflection and an opinion on where the EPO stands and what it means for the UPC, which doesn't seem to be going anywhere (it's all talk and lobbying)



  23. The European Patent Office Has a Long History/Track Record of 'Screwing' Contractors

    The European Patent Office (EPO) appears to have quite an extensive track record/reputation for ‘screwing’ contractors and then misusing immunity to get away with it



  24. Links 12/5/2017: Wine 2.8, Kdenlive 17.04.1, NHS Windows Syndrome

    Links for the day



  25. Links 11/5/2017: New OpenShot, GIMP, and GNOME (3.24.2)

    Links for the day



  26. The Sickness of the EPO – Part IX: Using Confidential Medical Records as a Weapon Against Staff

    In defiance/violation of labour laws and medical oaths etc. the EPO is passing around medical information, either for dismissal pretexts or a sort of blackmail -- a serious abuse in its own right



  27. The EPO is in Disarray and Additional Complaints to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) May Be Imminent

    Team Battistelli reaps what it has sown, as complaints are being made to a court with “47 member states [that] are contracting parties to the Convention,” (European Convention on Human Rights) according to Wikipedia



  28. By Promoting the UPC, in Defiance of Public Will, the EPO Has Become Patent Trolls' Best Friend

    The patent–industrial complex, aided by the EPO under Battistelli's iron-fisted reign, is trying to convince us that the UPC is coming soon and that it is desirable (it's neither of those things)



  29. Links 10/5/2017: Mesa 17.1, Git 2.13, Qt Creator 4.3 RC1, MINIX 3.4 RC6

    Links for the day



  30. Team UPC Still Twists and Fabricates Statements to Make It Seem Like Unitary Patent is Happening Soon

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC), a terrible system which was envisioned and covertly constructed by those who stand to benefit/profit from injunctions and trolling, is not going anywhere, but media which is dominated by Team UPC would have us believe otherwise


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts