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OpenBSD coder denies FBI backdoor allegations

OpenBSD coder denies FBI backdoor allegations

One of the developers named in the OpenBSD backdoor allegations has denied any involvement, with Jason L. Wright arguing that the work he carried out on the OS related instead to device drivers and demanding an apology. Former OpenBSD coder Gregory Perry made claims earlier this month that the FBI had installed covert backdoor access into the popular open-source platform, so as to allow the bureau to monitor VPN and other traffic.

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FBI backdoors in OpenBSD claims covert coder

FBI backdoors in OpenBSD claims covert coder

Allegations that the FBI paid open-source developers to install back-door access in the open cryptographic framework used in OpenBSD have emerged, with a former developer claiming he was among a team responsible for the covert modifications. Coder Gregory Perry claims that his non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the FBI "has recently expired" and, in an email to OpenBSD project chief Theo de Raadt, names developers he says submitted security-compromised code. Perry also suggests that OpenBSD's DARPA funding was cut back in 2003 after the organization "caught wind of the fact that these backdoors were present."

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FBI demand GPS bug back from tracked US student

FBI demand GPS bug back from tracked US student

When you take your car in for an oil change, you expect them to suggest rotating your tires as well; you generally don't expect to find an FBI GPS tracking device magnetically clinging to the chassis.  That's just what California student Yasir Afifi discovered, however, and after a friend posted images of the device on Reddit he had a visit from a half-dozen FBI investigators wanting their gadget back.  According to them, if he didn't hand the tracker over - which a friend had suggested selling, attaching to another, random car, or even throwing into a lake - they were "going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate."

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