FBI accused of planting backdoor in OpenBSD IPSEC stack


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This story should give everyone the willies: One of the developers of the OpenBSD operating system (an open source OS comparable but different than Linux) has admitted that ten years ago, in exchange for cash, he and others helped the FBI place “surveillance-friendly holes” in the operating system.

I wonder what part of this sentence the FBI does not know how to read: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

2 comments

  • Actually no. The guy making the accusations never worked on OpenBSD, didn’t claim he did anything, and the people he accused have denied the allegations.

  • Kelly Starks

    > I wonder what part of this sentence the FBI does not know how to read: “The right of the people to be secure
    > in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
    > violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and
    > particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    I think its the “..unreasonable ..” part they are squishy on.

    Did you hear a couple months ago that the FBI announced that in cases that might involve terrorists, agents will at their discretion be allowed to take over corporate DB’s and communications, without clearing it with the court – or allowing anyone to report it to the customers or general company personel.

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