25 November 2001

More craven anti-privacy behavior from companies that ought to know better: McAfee, the well-known and heretofore well-liked anti-virus program, is scrambling to make sure that the government’s efforts to take away your computer’s privacy aren’t hindered by their software. In other words, if the government wants to put a virus on your machine, McAfee will let them. In OTHER other words, if someone mimicking the government wants to put a virus on your machine, McAfee will let those people too. Nice backdoor, jackasses. I’m switching anti-virus programs ASAP and suggest that y’all do the same. Between this announcement and SafeWeb’s demise, it has not been a good privacy week.

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25 November 2001

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