I, Cringely » Blog Archive » When Engineers Lie – Cringely on technology
If the NSA needs my credit card information let them show me why. I think they don’t need it.
We’ve created a culture of self-perpetuating paranoia in military-industrial data security by building systems that are deliberately compromised then arguing that draconian measures are required to defend these holes we’ve made ourselves. This helps the unquestioned three-letter agencies maintain political power, doing little or nothing to increase national security, while at the same time compromising personal security for all of us.
There is no excuse for bad engineering.