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McAfee sides with FBI against customers on "Magic Lantern"



Security software, including PGP and anti-virus ware, is either looking out 
for your interests or those of the government. It can't do both, and now we 
know where McAfee stands. I invite McAfee to reply; I will distribute any 
response unedited.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1436-2001Nov22.html
    At least one antivirus software company, McAfee Corp., contacted the
    FBI on Wednesday to ensure its software wouldn't inadvertently detect
    the bureau's snooping software and alert a criminal suspect.

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02822.html
"FBI reportedly creating "Magic Lantern" anti-crypto virus"

-Declan
[Below posts forwarded from Dave Farber's IP list]

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>Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 14:06:47 -0700
>To: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
>From: Brett Glass <brett@lariat.org>
>Subject: Re: IP: Detecting Magic Lantern?
>
>At 01:31 PM 11/24/2001, David Farber wrote:
>
>>At 01:52 PM 11/23/2001, Henry E. Schaffer wrote:
>>
>> >"At least one antivirus software company, McAfee Corp., contaced the FBI
>> >on Wednesday to ensure its software wouldn't inadvertently detect the
>> >bureau's snooping software and alert a criminal subject."
>> >
>> >http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1436-2001Nov22.html
>
>I have just removed all Network Associates products from my workstations
>and network servers, and will no longer recommend them to my clients
>or readers.
>
>I have taken this position because Network Associates, by rigging its
>products not to detect tampering by specific parties of its choosing, has
>betrayed users' trust and started a descent down a perilous, slippery
>slope. Will the company next change its PGP ("Pretty Good Privacy")
>software so that it contains back doors as well? Will its "Sniffer"
>products be configured to ignore certain types of attacks and allow
>selected parties onto customers' networks undetected, possibly hiding
>illegal searches by freewheeling law enforcement personnel? Will its
>"Magic Solutions" products, which allow remote control and maintenance
>of user workstations, become a vector for the installation of spying
>software by government snoops?
>
>Just as disturbing as the company's breach of trust with its customers
>is the prospect that others will exploit the back doors installed for
>the benefit of government agencies.
>
>Network Associates has shown that it is willing to compromise its
>integrity by selling intentionally faulty products. For this reason,
>it is no longer appropriate or wise for those concerned about the
>security of their networks, systems, or confidential data to use them.
>
>--Brett Glass

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>Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 12:47:23 -0800 (PST)
>From: Lauren Weinstein <lauren@vortex.com>
>To: dave@farber.net

>Dave,
>
>The latest very short "Fact Squad Radio" audio commentary deals with the
>risks of the FBI's reported "Magic Lantern" project and similar systems.
>The piece is called "The Spy in Your Computer?" and is available via:
>
>    http://www.factsquad.org/radio
>
>Thanks much.
>
>--Lauren--
>Lauren Weinstein
>lauren@pfir.org or lauren@vortex.com or lauren@privacyforum.org
>Co-Founder, PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org
>Co-Founder, Fact Squad - http://www.factsquad.org
>Co-Founder, URIICA - Union for Representative International Internet
>                      Cooperation and Analysis - http://www.uriica.org
>Moderator, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com
>Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy

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