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McAfee Associates Free Software and Anonymity With Crime

Summary: Insecurity firm McAfee, whose record on Free software is appalling (it is Windows-centric for its business), continues years of tradition by slinging mud at Tor

TECHRIGHTS regards and has for many years considered McAfee to be a leading source of FUD against Free software. To give a very recent example, McAfee is connected to the "VENOM" hype (former management), just like Microsoft.



The latest McAfee FUD targets Tor [1-4]. It's FUD which associates Tor with crime. Framing Tor as a crime tool is like framing kitchen knives as weapons for murder, but this kind of characterisation sure fits the current war against Tor (anonymity). The attack on encryption is also on the rise and much of the British media is now spreading propaganda that associates encryption with terrorism. A recent movie that I watched, The Imitation Game, shrewdly associates encryption with the Nazis.

Related/contextual items from the news:


  1. 'Tox' Offers Ransomware As A Service
    The ransomware is free to use but site retains 20 percent of any ransom that is collected, McAfee researcher says.


  2. Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program
    We might be entering a whole new era of malware, one where even those who lack any semblance of deep technical expertise will be able to acquire and disseminate viruses and the like on the fly.


  3. Yay for Tor! It's given us RANSOMWARE-as-a-service


  4. Open Source Malware Lets Anyone Hold Computer Users to Ransom
    A free collection of files has been discovered that aids in the creation of ransomware; the process of encrypting the contents of someone's computer until they pay to have it unlocked. Set your price and away you go.


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