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NSA spying on Microsoft Windows crash error reports
Graham Cluley | January 1, 2014 9:24 am | Filed under: Law & order, Microsoft, Vulnerability, Windows | 1
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If you’ve used Microsoft Windows for any length of time, then a dialog box like this will be no stranger to you:
You may think that it’s harmless enough to click on the “Send Error Report” button and send details of the crash to Microsoft, but recent revelations about NSA surveillance underline that there are risks.
For instance, did you realise that by default Windows crash reports are sent unencrypted, potentially exposing information about the setup of your computers?
Indeed, according to a leaked presentation seen by Der Spiegel, the NSA’s TAO (Tailored Access Operations) division can be automatically notified whenever a targeted computer sends a crash report.
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