said by norwegian:
... I'm just surprised when such an obviously educated person gains a tunnel vision type opinion.
Where do you draw the line.
My "tunnel vision," as you call it, has been shaped by having been a "Cold Warrior" for a fair number of years. I know what 3-letter agencies on both sides of that divide were (and are) capable of. I strongly believe that I'd much rather be on this side than on that side, for what I believe are still very good reasons - even though this side does some things I'm very opposed to. I also believe that 3-letter people rarely, if ever, change their connections, loyalties, practices, or ways of thinking even after "leaving" the profession. Hence I am under no illusions about Mr. Putin, a long-time KGB staffer himself, particularly as I watch what is evolving in the former Soviet Union under his leadership.
I am likewise under no illusions about the FSB and SVR, both split from the KGB and inheriting its staffers, nor about their continuing objectives. The FSB is not
the FBI, nor does it operate under anything approaching the same kind of restrictions or constraints. Any organization that has close links or ties to the FSB or Putin did not forge them by the usual kind of bid/contractural arrangements generally followed in the West... that's simply not how State Security in Russia operates. If I'm made aware that an organization or its leadership has signficant links to FSB or SVR, then the potential (and hostile) security risks are simply higher than I choose to run, either now or in some future scenario. My concern lies not just with trusting current software and its "cleanliness", but with the integrity of future automatic signature and program updates that I must allow an AV to obtain and activate on my systems, largely unsupervised.--
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