Sunday, October 12, 2014

Domestic Terrorism: More Backlash That You Think

This is a previously unpublished entry from my 2013 series on Domestic Terrorism, released in support of National Cyber Security Month (October). My other entries can be found here.

There have been a surplus of articles on PRISM and the NSA, how they just walked in and took private data, even though there is a legal process that is rarely ever denied, so there is no purpose of me even bothering to link to any.of them.

But I fear something more.

As far as I have been able to find, there is no complete or comprehensive list of companies that have built-in backdoors for government access. There is no list of companies that have resisted such a thing. As far as you know, AT&T, Comcast, ADT, Savant, Vivint...

I don't want to scare anyone, but do you know what these companies have in common?

They offer home security and automation services.

Okay, maybe I do want to scare you; it's a scary thought. If you have a home-security-and-automation service offered by a third party, you might want to ask some pressing questions about the provider, or consider migrating to a "free as in freedom" service: open-sourced and uncorrupted.