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The Biggest Back Doors Giant (Microsoft) Serves Malware to GNU/Linux Machines, Microsoft’s Media Partners Blame ‘Linux’

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security at 4:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Another ongoing FUD pattern: ZDNet Calls Windows Ransomware “Linux” to Keep Pages About Linux Full of Fear-Mongering Nonsense | Kaspersky and Linux are slowly becoming a combustible mix (by Sam Varghese)

'Kaspersky and Linux are slowly becoming a combustible mix' by Sam Varghese

Summary: The ongoing attacks on the credibility of GNU/Linux (when it comes to security) are basically the framing of Windows ransomware as “Linux” and malware served by Microsoft’s GitHub as a “Linux” problem

THE media (or real journalism) is dying. It lacks credibility because of its utterly rogue business model. It’s not about information but about deflection and perception management. The other day we composed a rebuttal to one new example, as did Sam Varghese a few hours ago (link above).

Remember when Canonical's GitHub account got cracked and the media was quick to blast Ubuntu rather than Microsoft, the actual steward of GitHub, which is proprietary and secretive?

“The other day we composed a rebuttal to one new example, as did Sam Varghese a few hours ago…”Something similar could be observed this past week; we’ve been mentioning that in passing, especially in our Daily Links; Microsoft’s propaganda network ZDNet doesn’t like to mention how pretty much everything from Microsoft comes with back doors; instead it’s defaming people who have long warned about such back doors.

One person told us this morning (regarding the latest FUD pattern):

“Microsoft blaming its security problems on Linux is nothing new. In the late 1990s they were getting owned continuously and constantly tried to spread the rumor that it was “Linux people” behind it. I’ve heard variant of that 10 years ago and with the GitHub problems, it seems they are still talking that way.”

Microsoft is putting back doors in just about everything, then blaming “Linux” when those back doors are being exploited.

Regarding those back doors, nothing has changed since the Snowden leaks, which revealed PRISM (pioneered by Microsoft and the NSA).

From the The Investigatory Powers (Technical Capability) Regulations 2018 (old but still applicable): “These Regulations set out the obligations which may be contained in a technical capability notice given by the Secretary of State under section 253 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (c. 25). A technical capability notice imposes obligations on a relevant operator in order to ensure that the operator has the capability to provide assistance in relation to interception warrants, equipment interference warrants, or warrants or authorisations for the obtaining of communications data. A “relevant operator” means a postal operator, a telecommunications operator, or a person who is proposing to become either.”

ZDNet latest LinuxAlec Muffett wrote: “Hi, my name’s Alec., I used to be a Facebook engineer and I led the team which put End-to-End-Encryption into Facebook Messenger. I had these arguments. Re: “There is no “coercion” of companies on the EU level” – you are surely aware of “Technical Capability Notices” in the UK…” (there’s a screenshot there)

Microsoft still has back doors in everything. But somehow that doesn’t seem to interest ZDNet and the likes of it.

Boycott Microsoft propaganda networks such as ZDNet. The sad thing is that we noticed that “FOSS” or “Linux” sites linking to such FUD, in effect amplifying the propaganda, perhaps unwittingly. In practical teams, the boycotts will be effective when the links and the traffic stop; those sites really just need to retire, but they’re funded by those standing to gain from the misinformation. “They must be subsidised by someone because their business model is unsustainable,” one person noted in IRC this morning. “Just like Mozilla, EFF etc.”

“Microsoft is actively attacking GNU/Linux with FUD and with ‘drugs’ (e.g. the openwashing of Visual Studio with the binary blob it calls “Code” — complete with surveillance).”It should be noted that over the past fortnight or more ZDNet published/pinned only 7 stories in the “Linux” section (usually it’s 3 times more). Is the boycott working? No story in 4 days now (the latest one is the FUD from Catalin Cimpanu). See the image to the right (screenshot from minutes ago).

Microsoft is actively attacking GNU/Linux with FUD and with ‘drugs’ (e.g. the openwashing of Visual Studio with the binary blob it calls “Code” — complete with surveillance). Don’t lose track of who’s doing what in this attack.

“As many of you may know, we’ve actually kind of broadened the product portfolio of Visual Studio, targeting all the way from the low end with students and hobbyists, kind of competitive in that Linux space, making sure that every developer has a copy of .NET and is trained in writing .NET solutions. [...] I think it will really help us in our competition with open source.”

Eric Rudder, Senior Vice President, Microsoft (Financial Analyst Meeting 2005)

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