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AMX Harman Disputes Deliberately Hiding Backdoor In Its Products
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1/23/2016 | 12:34:48 PM
Software Accountability and Opened Sources
Seems this is going to be the year of mega corporations being held accountable for hidden access points, undocumented data mining and data reporting fraud.  At least, let's hope it will be.  You see, for years we (Free and Open Source Software [FOSS] advocates) campaigned for the source to be freed, for software to be opened up by companies like Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Apple.  There was some progress, but for the most part it's still a closed digital world out there.  Sadly, for companies who continue to incorporate hidden "features" like this to be found out, it takes hacking, reverse engineering and other methods to expose them.  

Now, I'm not going to pull out my FOSS soap box, but shouldn't this tell you something?  With the recent Volkswagen exposure - unconscionable, by the way - we as an industry need to start holding corporations accountable, and stop allowing them to ask for these types of "features".  I 'm sure not all software engineers have a conscious, but I know the great majority of us do.  Money might be the root of all evil, but someone is writing the code that is allowing the mega corporations to pull these dastardly deeds off.  While AMX Harman may not be at the same level of wrong-doing as Volkswagen's acts, it still reveals a level of apathy that will keep us in this mess unless the industry takes a stand.

To the mega corporations and the people who made the decisions to do these things remember, you use software, too...


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