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New York – Surveillance City

Microsoft together with the New York Police Department created a system which allows the officials to tap into live video feeds, check environmental sensors, get the data from license plate readers and query law enforcement databases at the same time.

Sounds familiar, right? The good, ol’ cyberpunk. Well, at least in the cyberpunk stories there was always a possibility to hack into such systems. I’m wondering, how it was created here. Because of Microsoft – it probably has some decade old security holes. And imagine the possibilities of misuse of this system by the police officers – spying on their wifes, colleagues, neighbors. Of course, everything sounds nice in the article from the NY Mayor – Michael Bloomberg.

Making UEFI Secure Boot Work With Open Platforms

Linux Foundation has published the recommendations for PC makers intended to describe how UEFI secure boot specification can be implemented to interoperate well with open systems. RedHat and Canonical have released similar document. Solutions are pretty much simple:

  • PC owner should be able to decide by himself whom to trust.
  • There should be possibility to disable secure boot entirely.

If these requirements will be met, then we could be sure that Microsoft(or any other proprietary OS developer) won’t have any advantages over open source systems.

FSF Started Campaign Against UEFI

I have written already about the dubious UEFI secure boot technology. As you remember, Microsoft didn’t deny the accusations at all. That’s why Free Software Foundation(FSF) started a campaign against this technology. If you feel that it’s your right to choose operating system, please add your name to the statement here. If this feature is implemented, users should have full control over it. If I want to disable it, it’s my right to do so. I don’t want to be forced to use only Windows. I hope that hardware manufacturers realize that there are customers, which prefer freedom over such questionable “security”.

UEFI Secure Boot – Rebutting Microsoft

You have probably heard about dubious UEFI Secure Boot technology, which backed up by Microsoft. There are suspicions that this technology is just a clever ploy by Microsoft to monopolize the desktop market even more. Few days ago Microsoft responded to these accusations with their usual MS style marketing bullshit. If you’ve read that article carefully, you should have seen that they haven’t denied the accusations at all. So, Matthew Garrett from Red Hat wrote his own response, where he presents, why we can’t trust Microsoft. Here are some known facts:

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