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 in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2015/08/05/windows-as-malware/

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. When EU Authorities Tell You to Complain to the EPO Itself About EPO Privacy Violations...

    “Kafkaesque” at the EPO; Kafka could do a whole novel about the flirtations with or affairs of ‘justice’ at the EPO



  2. The Need for Reliable Governance at Freenode

    Why the current and high-profile (albeit somewhat covert) owner of the network, who seems to care about Free software (it has made him very wealthy), should put the whole thing in reliable hands and not attempt to 'monetise' it in any way



  3. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, May 12, 2021



  4. Andrew Lee of Private Internet Access/London Trust Media Increasingly Owns and Controls Freenode

    The details about Freenode ownership and control are explained in a resignation letter urging users to move to another network



  5. [Meme] eBPF is Not Microsoft's, But It's Certainly Googlebombed by Microsoft

    eBPF isn't Microsoft's. But sites that work closely with Microsoft keep mentioning that term as if Microsoft created it and champions it (typical tactics).



  6. Links 13/5/2021: OpenSUSE Leap 15.3 on Finer Hardware, AMI Dabbling in Free Firmware

    Links for the day



  7. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 3: The Current Line-up

    The composition of the Enlarged Board for case no. G 1/21



  8. System76’s First Keyboard Packs in Plenty of Surprises

    Putting the genie back in the bottle is hard, and moreover the corrective post from Joey Sneddon may cause a bit of a 'Streisand Effect'



  9. Links 12/5/2021: HAProxy Data Plane API 2.3 and Mousepad 0.5.5

    Links for the day



  10. IBM is Destroying Red Hat, Squeezing Red Hat's Work for Cash, Laying Off Staff, and Asking Staff to Resign

    Layoffs are not a new thing at IBM (hardly so in the past couple of decades or more), but they're oversensitive about the Red Hat agenda



  11. [Meme] Longing for the Original IP Kat...

    It would be nice to see more posts critical of injustice at the EPO, as we've just noted



  12. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 2: Just Another Pro Forma Rubber-Stamping Exercise?

    Half a decade after Benoît Battistelli ‘kidnapped’ and then defamed judges (it started in 2014) António Campinos has done nothing to restore lawfulness at the EPO, as controversial referral case G 1/21 shows; in fact, they recently approved European software patents after pressure from Campinos himself



  13. Why I'm Using Just a Landline and Recalling My Richard Stallman (RMS) Interview on Working Locally or How the Signal Processor in Phones is a De Facto Back Door

    A longer-than-expected rant about what mobile phones have turned into and a look back at (or listen to) what Richard Stallman (RMS) told me way back in 2013



  14. The European Campinos Award

    The campinos (peasants) of Europe shall gather around for another ceremony championing farmers and nurses... or not



  15. Personal Thoughts About the EPO 'Kangaroo Court' Scandal

    Some unscripted and unedited thoughts about the current EPO scandal/series, which shows intervention such as stacking by António Campinos, continuing the tradition of Benoît Battistelli with his attacks on justice itself



  16. Doing Justice by Reporting Injustice

    Europe's second-largest institution, helped by Europe's largest, is engaging in a massive attack on the very concept of the Rule of Law and incredibly enough the so-called 'press' (or 'media') doesn't report on it



  17. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, May 11, 2021



  18. Links 12/5/2021: New Audacity and Musescore Owner Named, Microsoft May Lose "JEDI" (Trump's 'Bailout Package')

    Links for the day



  19. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 1: Rumours of a Kangaroo Court at EPOnia

    EPO's President Benoît Battistelli viciously attacked judges and slandered judges; António Campinos adopts a more 'soft power' approach, but nevertheless the impact is the same



  20. Bill Gates Exposed

    While publishers like ZDNet worked hard (on Microsoft's budget) to distract us from real scandals many nefarious things were happening; are we witnessing the fall of Gates?



  21. Welcome to ZDNet's 'Linux' Section...

    ZDNet, which defamed RMS to help distract from Bill Gates scandals, is doing what the sponsors (IBM, Microsoft, Linux Foundation) pay for



  22. Europe's Second-Largest Institution, the EPO, is Partly Based in the United States

    The EPO has outsourced its operations, including its 'courts', to the United States; this seems to be the so-called 'New Normal'



  23. You Look for Linux News and Instead It's Microsoft Noise and Openwashing

    Imagine trying to go about doing your own 'business', only to be confronted by paid-for plugs (sponsored) by the people trying to undercut/undermine your business; welcome to "Linux" in 2021



  24. Links 11/5/2021: Maui 1.2.2 and Tor Releases

    Links for the day



  25. The Next Generation of Free Software (or Software Freedom) Activism, Tackling Newer Problems

    New challenges as labour rights and human rights are further eroded, thanks to 'high' 'tech' with its very 'innovative' 'features'



  26. Mass Litigation Over the Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP), Basically an Attack on All EPO Staff, Even EPO Pensioners

    “Importance of a binding and unambiguous erga omnes declaration” stressed by staff representatives of the EPO in a new letter to Benoît Battistelli‘s successor of choice, António Campinos, who has done nothing so far except attacking (or robbing) EPO staff, even EPO pensioners



  27. EPO 'Dialogue' With Staff Representatives is as Dead as 'Dialogue' With the Union

    “Yet another failure of social [sic] dialogue [sic] for Mr Campinos,” according to staff representatives, who rightly bemoan the Office president not giving a damn about staff; things quickly deteriorate in Europe’s second-largest institution, which does even worse things than granting loads of illegal European software patents (harming software producers and users alike)



  28. The FSF Needs to Reject OSI (and Open Source) Along With Much-Needed Rejection of the GNOME Foundation (Not the Same as the GNOME Project)

    Response to a good little speech (unscripted apparently) by Geoffrey Knauth, who explained his position on Open Source about a year ago



  29. Links 11/5/2021: Bodhi Linux 6.0, Coreboot 4.14, and DragonFly BSD 6.0

    Links for the day



  30. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 10, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, May 10, 2021


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

Recent Posts