11.04.20

The EPO’s Love Affair With Authoritarian Regimes Accompanies Europe’s Embrace of Lawless, Unconstitutional Patent Regimes

Posted in America, Asia, Europe, Law, Patents at 12:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Here's your quota, EPC first, screw your quota!

Summary: The EPO has chosen autocracy and aggression over science and excellence; this never ends well, but some people can become exceedingly rich in the process (destruction)

THE media isn’t talking about it; but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

Judging by the comments here and here, there’s ongoing resentment against the EPO regime of Benoît Battistelli and his friend António Campinos.

“In the name of “innovation” they bring autocracy and corruption, in effect robbing Europeans.”The latter concerns the attack on science itself when it says: “One way to resist is to flag up the work of Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes (link below) and her current book “Why Trust Science”, to anybody willing to listen. Impressive, in the book, is how she solicits views from other academics and then replies to them. Judge for yourself how convincingly she sees off her academic rivals.”

Signs and flagsFor me, personally, this attack on science is reminiscent of the lobby to deny climate science, deny the seriousness of COVID (here in the UK we now have ~11,000 people critically ill as we head for another nationwide lock-down), and vote for a fascist who doesn’t accept the concept of an election (except when he tries to seize power in the first place). If we in Europe come to accept those type of people, then we’re doomed to suffer. In the name of “innovation” they bring autocracy and corruption, in effect robbing Europeans.

The EPO mentioned a “virtual meeting” this morning, alluding to a webchat from yesterday (warning: epo.org link) when stating: “The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by EPO President António Campinos and Colombia’s Superintendent of Industry and Commerce Andrés Barreto during a virtual meeting yesterday. [...] Under the MoU, over the next five years the Superintendence will be able to make use of the EPO’s work products, tools and practices when granting national patents. The agreement aims to strengthen our co-operation in the provision of efficient, high-quality patent procedures and in support to local innovators, whilst improving market access for European companies who wish to protect their inventions in Colombia.”

Don’t even think Colombia has enough European Patents to justify such a “virtual meeting”; in the case of Cambodia that number is a flat zero (for years). Colombia is an easy ally for such a ‘meeting’ because there’s more for Colombia to gain from the association.

The EPO recently did a couple of similar parades with China. Is this what Europe strives to? China and Colombia? What a FARC.

10.10.20

Conspiracy Theories Have Successfully Distracted From Perfectly Legitimate and Real Scandals of Bill Gates in India, the Fertile Ground for Unethical Mass Experimentation on Humans

Posted in Asia, Bill Gates, Deception at 9:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: There seems to be shrewd misdirection towards false claims, painting Mr. Gates’ critics as deranged and detached from reality; the facts, however, still exists and they’re still very damning/damaging to Mr. Gates, who views himself as self-appointed, life-long leader of the universe

THE other day I saw fact-checking sites pointing out that some widely-shared memes (or social control media posts) about what Gates had done in India were in fact false. That’s correct. They’re false (we’ll spare the links; they won’t help). I should know, having covered the said incidents several times back in 2014 and sooner. This whole thing contributes to the notion that anything one says about Gates in India (if it’s negative) should be presumed false. Is that a PR strategy?

“This whole thing contributes to the notion that anything one says about Gates in India (if it’s negative) should be presumed false.”We’ve long written about the negative impact of so-called ‘Conspiracy Theories’ (falsehoods) about Gates; they distract from factual criticisms. They sometimes serve to discredit the underlying facts and hard evidence. Sometimes we wonder if this is at least partly deliberate. If so, clever stunt you got there…

Here’s mainstream coverage from India (2017):

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It comes with the following text:

The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons.

All financial ties of the country’s apex immunisation advisory body, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, with the Gates Foundation have been cut off.

NTAGI Secretariat will be now fully funded by the central government, the health ministry confirmed to ET. NTAGI’s Secretariat was so far being serviced through the Gates Foundation-funded Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

ET has learnt that the government’s decision was informed by, among other factors, arguments from senior medical professionals and outfits like Swadeshi Jagran Manch.

Concerns raised by members of the steering group of the National Health Mission and the Sangh-affiliated outfit centred around “conflict of interest issues” in the NTAGI-Gates Foundation relationship.

Several years earlier the Government of India (GoI) wanted to sue Gates over experiments he had done on Indians, leading to many fatalities. We wrote several articles about it. The above issue (CoI), recently explored in The Nation with its investigative journalists, isn’t unique to India.

The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post moreover touched the subject a few months ago when it published Billionaires are playing savior now. But they broke the economy to begin with.

We don’t like Bezos, but at least he barely pretends to be “savior” of the world, unlike Gates. Here’s a screenshot to accompany an archive of the article (bypassing the paywall).

covid-spin

The problem at hand isn’t even unique to vaccines (let alone to India); as one columnist put it half a year ago, Gates wants to control everything (including but not limited to the White House). Bill Gates does not do media appearances on COVID-19 because he cares about health or understands public health (he’s trained to talk in ‘sound bites’), he’s there to direct politicians to funnel taxpayers’ money into his own pockets, i.e. the usual. People resigned from his foundation after he was gifting Modi, who sought legitimisation and could use an award from a foreign oligarch who had white-washed his name and mostly vanished his history of crimes. Suddenly, with this autocrat at the top of GoI, Gates seemed like the new ‘master’ of India. Watch their video chats, where Gates seems to have authority over Modi. Who the heck controls the nation’s response to COVID-19? An Indian or an American psychopath?

The columnist rightly noted that Gates “in reality [...] offers no new insights. He merely sounds like a well-briefed parrot repeating what experts are already telling the world.”

They train him to say that stuff on TV.

“It’s all about buying authority (control/power) over billions of people, experimenting on them not only with untested and unapproved vaccinations/drugs (an illegal practice in the West); the “War on Cash” is also being tested in India right about now, in effect robbing people who collected cash (people with limited/moderate means) and spying on everybody, for the benefit of Microsoft’s empire.”“It’s hard,” the columnist continued, “to say there was only altruistic motivation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s decision to pump a staggering $80 million into the same school their own children attended. It’s a good example of how a conflict of interest can arise with such charitable donations. [...] The Gates Foundation’s $50 billion charitable enterprise is to be welcomed, but perhaps it would be much better served if it was run by an independent board rather than on the whims of the world’s second richest man and his wife. But you could bet the farm on him refusing to hand over the keys to those particular gates. Gates would be better off exiting the world stage and privately going about his philanthropy. Otherwise the question has to be asked: why the desperate desire to stay in the spotlight?”

It’s all about buying authority (control/power) over billions of people, experimenting on them not only with untested and unapproved vaccinations/drugs (an illegal practice in the West); the “War on Cash” is also being tested in India right about now, in effect robbing people who collected cash (people with limited/moderate means) and spying on everybody, for the benefit of Microsoft’s empire. If Bill Jr. can live as long as his father did (he died a month ago), we may have to confront this sociopath for another 2-3 decades. The damage he has done to technology has expanded to other domains, where he’s robbing taxpayers worldwide and asserting control over elected officials. Who ever elected Gates in the first place? Who is he accountable to? There are many calls to impeach Donald Trump, but who’s calling to “arrest Bill Gates”? Sadly, usually the ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ (who base their judgment of Gates on a pile of falsehoods, sometimes Trump-leaning ones).

“He’s a taker, not a giver. In India he was also an undertaker up until Modi seized power.”Media companies that still pocket some money from the fake ‘charity’ (so-called ‘foundation’) and then white-wash the unelected tyrant have played their ruinous role in creating a monster (future generations won’t forgive them… if they last that long at all); it’s up to them to prove they can undo the damage they’ve contributed to. Public access (or Commons) medicine should be defended, not exclusive rights (monopoly). Gates is trying to reshape the Indian policy on medicines in the same way he introduced user-hostile proprietary software, rendering it the ‘norm’. He had basically stolen from the Commons, sometimes literally fishing other people’s code, to create an empire of exploitative artificial scarcity. He’s a taker, not a giver. In India he was also an undertaker up until Modi seized power.

10.05.20

The Ascent of GNU/Linux in China Might Not Mean Much for Software Freedom

Posted in Asia, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 6:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

China Town Mexico

Summary: We need to acknowledge that just because a huge number of people may be migrating to “Linux” (or GNU/Linux in some form or another) doesn’t mean that the cause has been fully fulfilled; it won’t be enough to liberate these people from repressive digital tyranny

SOME hours ago in this detailed new page about Xiaomi the author wrote a section about “GNU GPL violations,” stating that (and it’s hardly a new issue, not limited to Xiaomi either):

Smartphone manufacturers that release Android phones need to adhere to the GNU General Public License. This is a bit complicated, but the basic gist is that, since Android is an open-source system, companies like Xiaomi need to provide to the public the source code kernel of every device it manufactures.

Over its history, Xiaomi has had a tough time with this. In many cases, its public posting of kernels would be delayed, and in some cases, it simply didn’t post anything. For various reasons, repercussions for this inaction didn’t fall too hard on the company.

The GPL obligations (copyleft licences at large) do matter, unless all that we care about is “market share”…

“Over a decade ago it was reported that the Chinese government strictly limited the range of distros permitted for use in public terminals, presumably because back doors were required (inside GNU/Linux).”But perhaps more important than this fixation on size there’s the aspect which pertains to software freedom. The above article shows a large number of different devices whose net effect on privacy is really horrendous. In some cases, spying by peer (or surveillance by nearby people) is encouraged and spun as a hip thing with social merits. This has long been an issue with many Android-powered devices; sure, Android became more dominant (or widespread/ubiquitous) than Windows, but just because it has Linux in it — not to mention that the base system itself (AOSP) is liberally licensed — doesn’t mean that people are emancipated from oppressive software and titans who control that software for their own financial ends. In China, perhaps more so than in the United States, the industry works closely with the government and is often an extension of it. In some parts of China people are forced to carry around malware that spies on them (through so-called ‘phones’) and it doesn’t matter much if the underlying operating system is Android or something else.

Studytrip to ChinaMany headlines have appeared in the past year about China’s longterm plans to abandon Windows in favour of GNU/Linux. Prior to that we heard much of the same about Russia and South Korea. We’ve seen no evidence of this policy or those sorts of plans changing. Microsoft is really losing control of the market. It fights back, sure, partly by attempting to “wrest control of Linux” like it attempted to “wrest control of Java” (we’ll publish Bill Gates deposition tapes about it tomorrow, in part 6).

There’s no easy solution to all this. It’s a longstanding conundrum. When the GNU Project started 37 years ago it was envisioned or foreseen that widespread use of GNU (and later the GPLvX) would liberate people. It did accomplish that to a certain degree, but even Bruce Perens (a defector in a sense) recently acknowledged that people’s rights are being tramped on. Even using this supposedly user-respecting code. There are no restrictions on how it is used, who by etc.

China is going to become a good example of widespread and large-scale deployments of Linux where the presence of GPL, GNU and all sorts of projects like OpenStack fail to bring freedom to the people of China. Over a decade ago it was reported that the Chinese government strictly limited the range of distros permitted for use in public terminals, presumably because back doors were required (inside GNU/Linux).

09.10.20

Malaysian Policy De-mystifies Tone Policing

Posted in Asia, Free/Libre Software at 11:45 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship

When the leaders of free software organizations want to avoid answering questions about money and conflicts of interest, one of their most popular fudges is to have some sidekick come in and complain about the tone of the question. These are the tone police. Beware.

What, then, is the correct tone for women and volunteers to use when asking husbands and leaders about money?

The Malaysian Government has provided an insight: try to sound like the cartoon character Doraemon. Doraemon is a robotic cat without ears.

The Malaysians have gone a lot further, creating a complete Code of Conduct for women to observe during the Coronavirus lockdown:

  • Put on your make-up
  • Wear a skirt and high heels (see the picture in the advertisement below)
  • Avoid nagging your husband when he is comfortable on the sofa

What happens if you have a Code of Conduct issue? Well, most Codes of Conduct have a reporting procedure. In many free software organizations, it involves sending a report to the leader or the event organizer. If you look around the real world, you’ll notice that in many cases the most serious Code of Conduct abuses are committed by people in positions of authority. Therefore, if free software organizations designate their leaders and close allies to handle CoC complaints, they make it impossible for the most serious complaints to be investigated.

The marital home provides an opportunity for us to understand this: if a Malaysian woman has a Code of Conduct problem, what is she going to do, put on her best Doraemon voice and ask permission to complain? Sadly, that is exactly what the brochure instructs.

In her infamous talk about enforcement at FOSDEM 2019, OSI president Molly de Blanc insists that it is necessary to follow through on community guidelines. She even gives a horrendous picture of a cat behind bars, how would Doraemon feel looking at that?

This is no laughing matter unfortunately. A recent survey found one in five women still believe husbands deserve to beat ‘disobedient’ wives as they enforce Codes of Conduct in the home.

As we read that, we couldn’t help wondering if the rate of domestic homicides will increase in 2020 and if so, is the Code of Conduct to blame for that?

While the wording of this Code of Conduct varies significantly from those used in free software organizations, the principle is the same: trying to justify a situation where some people are more equal than others.

Cat slides

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Malaysia_CoC_2

Malaysia_CoC_3

08.01.20

IBM Loves Power (and Nuclear POWER, or Expensive OpenPOWER) More Than It Loves GNU/Linux

Posted in Asia, IBM at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Openwashing power (very expensive hardware that needs dishonest marketing to sell) and political power, but power is still power and one day it’ll be misused really badly as it’s the region most likely to inflame nuclear conflict in the coming years

Tariq Jameel hotline: More power to autocrats, with nukes even

Summary: As we noted last week, IBM is very close to Modi because it is moving a lot of its workforce to India [1, 2] and this can become a future liability to IBM’s reputation (or lack thereof) as a tolerant firm

Close-ups:

Modi nukes

Modi and IBM

Donald Trump’s Trash Against China Helps Prop up Microsoft Monopoly and Distract From All the Microsoft Layoffs

Posted in Antitrust, Asia, Microsoft at 8:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Coming War on China (John Pilger) | Full Documentary

Trump Microsoft

Summary: Microsoft as a surveillance giant of the United States government isn’t a myth; it was first in the PRISM programme of the NSA (Bill Gates is a loud proponent of NSA surveillance), it took over European Skype under mysterious circumstances, and now it might be getting TikTok as a ‘gift’ from Donald Trump’s friends and the imperialists, in effect confiscating Chinese assets for full-spectrum dominance

THE Microsoft monopoly is still a problem. The Microsoft monopoly may be eroding/slipping away, but it is still harmful. Yesterday in Daily Links we included this article entitled “Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search” and to quote some sentences from the leading paragraph: “Microsoft’s new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar tonight. The issues appear to have affected Edge users who have selected Google as the default search engine.” (This publisher is close to Microsoft, so this is followed by face-saving spin)

“The Microsoft monopoly may be eroding/slipping away, but it is still harmful.”Microsoft has a long, long history breaking and sabotaging things if they’re configured in a way Microsoft doesn’t like (e.g. AARD). Microsoft’s monopoly abuse has often been downright criminal, not merely abusive. This is why many people still dislike and distrust Microsoft.

Donald Trump, being the con man that he is, probably sees eye to eye and can relate to Microsoft. They have no moral leverage over one another and Bill Gates said or at least publicly insinuated he'd be willing to back Trump in 2020. Whatever makes him richer…

“Microsoft’s monopoly abuse has often been downright criminal, not merely abusive.”Gates isn’t a techie. He’s not educated as a techie and he never even graduated from college (where he studied law — something he became good at breaking). Gates is a politician. He acts like one; he is one. Trump reportedly offered Gates a job at his cabinet (top adviser) and Gates declined; he declined not because of Trump but because, according to him, it would not be good use of his time. Remember that Gates is not against Trump. He never was. Criminals in positions of power are less likely to enforce the law against other criminals (instead they focus on silencing if not arresting those who expose their crimes).

As a side note, earlier today I watched the whole film above (highlighted to me the other day because it had become freely accessible); its producer has a long track record of making films about issues strongly suppressed by the Western powers. I learned a lot from his films over the years and they partly shaped my views on world affairs. In the last few minutes of the film Pilger concludes and remarks on what Donald Trump is hoping to achieve. This is important and very relevant to the subject named below.

This brings us to a difficult subject because it is almost purely political (and we prefer to avoid ‘pure’ politics; they can distract from the underlying issues through partisan slant). It was all over the news yesterday and it will be in our next Daily Links. An associate of ours collated and picked the following excerpts:

  • Microsoft Said to Be Exploring TikTok Acquisition

    Reports in both The New York Times and Bloomberg confirmed an earlier Fox Business story that the Washington-based tech giant was in talks to buy TikTok, which with over 2 billion global downloads has become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms.

    Another scenario, first reported by The Information, would involve the U.S. investors in TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, acquiring the app.

  • Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

    It’s unclear how advanced TikTok’s talks to sell itself to Microsoft and other companies are, but changing ownership is crucial for the app. The United States is one of TikTok’s major markets, so continued operations in the country are a priority.

    TikTok has discussed other scenarios to alleviate concerns by U.S. officials. In one scenario, non-Chinese investors like Sequoia Capital, SoftBank and General Atlantic could purchase a majority stake in the app from ByteDance, people familiar with the discussions have said.

  • Microsoft in talks to purchase TikTok: report

    The New York Times cited an anonymous source who said the purchase could come later in the day Friday. Microsoft did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the potential purchase.

  • TikTok Draws Interest From Bidders Other Than Microsoft

    Venture investors in ByteDance have approached Chief Executive Officer Zhang Yiming with a range of proposals to address U.S. concerns that the app, especially popular with teens, is a security threat, people familiar with the matter have said. Any solution would likely have to pass scrutiny from U.S. regulators in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, as well as U.S. antitrust regulators.

  • Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy TikTok in U.S.

    Spokespeople for Microsoft and TikTok declined to comment on any potential talks. The software company’s interest in the app was reported earlier by Fox Business Network.

  • Update: The TikTok Clusterfuck: Trump To Order A Block, Microsoft Wants To Buy, And Competition Is Still There

    Update: Sooo… we already have a bunch of updates on this story. Trump has said he’s banning TikTok entirely and is “against” allowing a US company to buy TikTok. Below is the original post, with only a slight clarification regarding Ben Thompson’s thoughts on TikTok, which I didn’t present very clearly in the original. Then, beneath the post I’ll have more thoughts on Trump’s comments.

This neatly relates to a subject we wrote about in the past, namely the Pentagon/”JEDI” contract, which seemed to us like a form of Microsoft bailout in ‘military’ clothing (as we note in our series about IBM, making one’s military dependent on your aging and even inferior technology makes you “too big [or essential] to fail/fall”).

“The purchase rumors for Tiktok are likely a distraction from Microsoft layoffs or similar bad news,” our associate noted this morning and Ryan cited two articles in IRC some hours ago [1, 2]. It was past midnight, so tomorrow’s IRC logs will include that. Long story short, this morning the Bill Gates-funded BBC reported on it and it’s as shallow as Microsoft wants it. There’s no discussion about the Microsoft-Trump relationship, the Microsoft layoffs (about 5,000 of them this summer), and ‘bailout’-like aspects, which merit discussion.

“Gates is a politician. He acts like one; he is one.”“Trump wants to give TikTok to Microsoft,” Ryan said. “Could explain why it [Microsoft] wasn’t at the “antitrust” grilling the other day.”

“One of the individuals confirmed Microsoft was in the lead to acquire the popular platform’s U.S. service,” Ryan quoted. “Another attempt to prop Microsoft up” is what he called it, adding that “Skype fell out of favor after they spent way too much money on it and now they’re working closely with the administration to get TikTok in a forced sale.”

“The “China” excuse doesn’t pass the sniff test,” Ryan said, “in my opinion. We know that Microsoft is a PRISM/Five Eyes collaborator, so handing it off to Microsoft would immediately make it much easier to spy on everyone who uses TikTok, whether they are in the US or not.”

“This neatly relates to a subject we wrote about in the past, namely the Pentagon/”JEDI” contract, which seemed to us like a form of Microsoft bailout in ‘military’ clothing…”Of course the media was totally hypocritical about privacy aspects of TikTok. Pretty much all of TikTok’s big competitors are in the surveillance business and are vastly worse than TikTok. The last article above (from TechDirt) is one of several that repeatedly highlight this very simple fact.

TikTok has been blasted by Trump and his sidekick Pompeo, who are of course happy to ignore all the surveillance that benefits themselves.

“PRISM pretty much makes your Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook accounts an NSA trap. Any low level analyst can punch in your account name and start copying over your files and email and stuff,” Ryan noted. “The fact that TikTok has lured a lot of fools into using it heavily means that the US government wants to control it so that it can put hooks into it. You wouldn’t just have to be crazy to put anything sensitive on any “service” like that. You’d have to be bonehead stupid.”

Quoting another article, Ryan spotted this: “Microsoft does not have a creative social media company to sow brand recognition with younger users, though the Redmond, Wash.-based company does own professional networking site LinkedIn.”

“TikTok has been blasted by Trump and his sidekick Pompeo, who are of course happy to ignore all the surveillance that benefits themselves.”Ryan responded: “Doesn’t mention anywhere that LinkedIn is falling apart and that Microsoft just sacked almost 1,000 people that were working there. Off to the next thing. People should recognize the Microsoft brand. It’s a warning sign. “Warning, company packed with pedophiles that makes shitty bloated software with government backdoors ahead. Run!”

“I can scarcely believe that Microsoft’s Fake Google has 27% of any market in search, much less the US. Everything they’ve done to “promote it”, like hijacking your Windows 10 defaults and “search bribery” (“Hey kid, want some XBOX Gold and Rick Jones?”) has failed. I can think of various reasons Microsoft wants TikTok. None of them good. The article keeps repeating that Microsoft wants “Young users.” Just over and over again. Probably wants to incorporate their faces into the databanks that it sells to the police and Trump’s unmarked van thugs. Lots of bad things. Probably the most naked reason is another platform for their advertising though. The police keep complaining that the facial recognition software they use or tap into (Ring and such) doesn’t know how to tell one black person from another, and then also says they regularly use it as evidence in court. How does that work? Right?”

“Recall what we wrote about the “JEDI” contract; the award came under investigation and the investigators could not rule out foul play by Microsoft and Trump.”MinceR then asked Ryan, “are they paying twitler [Trump] for this or is it just out of the evilness of his heart?”

Recall what we wrote about the “JEDI” contract; the award came under investigation and the investigators could not rule out foul play by Microsoft and Trump.

“With Trump and corruption, ” Ryan responded, “it’s like the Joker said. When you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

07.27.20

IBM is Associating Closely With Modi This Month (Same Modi Who Also Associates With Bill Gates, Profiteer in ‘Charity’ Clothing)

Posted in Asia, Bill Gates, IBM at 2:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Surveillance, segregation, GMO and clinical trials (a 'human laboratory') for monopolistic pharmaceutical giants that Gates stands to profit from

Summary: IBM maintains its tradition of liaising with racist autocrats (this video is one week old)

Gates Foundation Modi

Bill Gates and Modi

07.01.20

Corporate Media Blames ‘China’ and ‘Open Source’ for Back Doors in Microsoft’s Intentionally Flawed Proprietary Software That’s Causing Chaos

Posted in Asia, Australia, Deception, FUD, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Corporate media has long helped Microsoft distract the public, oftentimes leveraging nationalism to achieve this

The red flags

Summary: ‘Red Scare’ tactics are being used to divert attention away from Microsoft’s incompetence and conspiracy with the NSA (to put back doors in everything, essentially making all software inherently vulnerable, by design)

LAST month we published our hospital series. It was about hospital managers and media, in cohesion, blaming or punishing Microsoft’s competition for Microsoft’s own failings. Hospitals are being taken out of service because of Microsoft and somehow, perhaps miraculously, everything gets blamed except Microsoft. It’s part of a media cover-up and hospital blame-shifting pattern.

“It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can).”It’s barely surprising to hear — as I did earlier this week — that: “An analysis of the ongoing massive cyber attack on Australia finds mostly Microsoft vulnerabilities exploits.”

The official page speaks of “tools copied almost identically from open source.”

They focus on how the exploits were put together, not the holes that they exploit. But this part is telling: “During investigations, a common issue that reduced the effectiveness and speed of investigative efforts was the lack of comprehensive and historical logging information across a number of areas including web server request logs, Windows event logs and internet proxy logs. The ACSC strongly recommends reviewing and implementing the ACSC guidance on Windows Event Logging and Forwarding and System Monitoring.”

This part is pretty clear about Windows being the issue. “Stop public spending on Microsoft,” the person who highlighted to to me said. “Public Money, Public Code. Media blames China.” The above page also link to this page: “The actor has been identified leveraging a number of initial access vectors, with the most prevalent being the exploitation of public-facing infrastructure — primarily through the use of remote code execution vulnerabilities in unpatched versions of Telerik UI. Other vulnerabilities in public-facing infrastructure leveraged by the actor include exploitation of a deserialisation vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), a 2019 SharePoint vulnerability and the 2019 Citrix vulnerability.”

IIS, SharePoint, Citrix…

It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can). Not the people are blamed but the tools. Or sometimes the people, especially if they “foreigners”…

Another person highlighted to us this new piece which he says demonstrates “Windows TCO,” albeit it is “Microsoft marketeering spam” because it sort of rewrites the history of Maersk incidents, which years ago the media said had a major catastrophe due to Windows. This page entitled “Maersk, me & notPetya” says: “Within a couple of hours, it was clear this had impacted every single domain-joined Windows laptop, desktop, virtual machine and physical server around the planet.”

So Windows, with its notorious NSA back doors (for which there are remote access tools — tools which leaked online), is the actual culprit. Maybe stop using something which you know to be flawed (and often by design)?

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