Deliberate WTF



  • An interesting tale of WTF code deliberately put in software by the CIA that they knew KGB spies were trying to steal.

    Read here.
     



  • That was pretty slick, actually.

    In any case, it clearly demonstrates that software piracy can have very serious consequences.


    Like those stupid commercials that using pirated software can cause your business to collapse due to implied sabatoge by the pirates? Not that I condone it, but seriously... they act like all pirated software is a massive trojan in disguise... ready to annihilate all computers that they run on. Geez..



  • I think the statement about piracy was intended to be humorous. :)



  • @AbbydonKrafts said:

    Like those stupid commercials that using pirated software can cause your business to collapse due to implied sabatoge by the pirates? Not that I condone it, but seriously... they act like all pirated software is a massive trojan in disguise... ready to annihilate all computers that they run on. Geez..

     

    Here in Brazil, there was an ad which tried to tell you that "viruses were caused by pirated software". Yeah, right, maybe... I am not a fan of software piracy either (specially when you consider the large amounts of Open Source and freeware stuff out here), but I hate the DRM/activation/licensing paranoia from some companies.



  • It's funny... stuff like this gets declassified or leaked relatively frequently these days, and there are still people who doubt conspiracy theories. (No, I don't believe them all, but you've got to have better reasons to disbelieve than "that doesn't happen" because clearly it [i]does[/i] happen.)


    The CIA was willing to cause a huge explosion located at random. Depending on location, hundreds or thousands of people, maybe even tens of thousands if circumstances were right, could have been killed as a result. These people would have been innocent -- had nothing to do with the espionage or the decision to pump gas, but they would have died anyway. Which leads to the question "how many allies, or even U.S. citizens, would the CIA (and by extension the U.S. government) be willing to sacrifice to achieve its goals?" Clearly, the answer [url=http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0524-06.htm]is[/url] [url=http://stinet.dtic.mil/oai/oai?&verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA291587]not[/url] [url= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA]reassuring[/url].


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