NSA tried to insert backdoor into Linux

Sep 23, 2013, 11:45 am EST

Linux Torvalds during last LinixCon admitted to have received pressure from US Intelligence to insert a backdoor into Linux.

Linux Torvalds during a question-and-answer ‪session at ‪the LinuxCon publicly admitted that the US Government requested him to insert a backdoor into Linux kernel. The circumstance must induce a reflection in all those experts that believe open source software is the unique possible reply to elude surveillance programs such as PRISM and BullRun.

Torvalds, considered the father of Linux kernel, attended the Linuxcon conference in New Orleans today with other top Linux developers, he replied to question on his OS, Microsoft, and other issues related to the events occurred in the last months.

The audience witnessed amused to answer provided by Torvalds to the specific question on the “call for surveillance” of the U.S. Intelligence.

Torvalds responded “no” while shaking his head “yes,”. Another participant in the conferences asked to Torvalds if he would be interested in becoming next Microsoft’s CEO, but the expert declined the idea answering with a smile, he remarked his great effort in the development of Linux that completely absorbs him.

He has spoken of the technological evolution since he started designing of Linux two decades ago, hardware platforms are changed profoundly and will change even more in the next future.

Linux usage keeps changing. Linux today is very different from even ten years ago,” “I hope it will continue to meet new use cases.” said Torvalds.

Interesting an anecdote explained by Torvalds, when he started he didn’t have money to run Unix on his own machine. He had to learn programming to create its own cheap system.

Necessity made me try to do something,” Torvalds said.

(Source: CDM, Pierluigi Paganini, Editor and Chief )

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