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In the context you provide, it has to do with a backdoor that changes or moves over time. There might be a backdoor on port 8000, then it switches to port 8001, etc. The idea is that once a backdoor is discovered, the hacker must re-discover it to use it again. See also the concept of "port knocking" in real life, where the backdoor only opens once you ...


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In surveillance I believe the concept of 'roving' is down to the court order placed on an individual. For example; If an authority, be it the police, intelligence or security services is issued a roving surveillance order by a court to tap your phone, then they tap your phone, but then you dispose or make inactive that phone, then the order will allow ...


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Change your password. Regardless if this is a genuine compromise or not password hygiene is vital, especially when anything that is suspicious is flagged up. You should also set up two factor authentication. There are number of innocent reasons why this could happen though, I've listed a few below, which are in no way ment to be an authoritative final ...


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As schroeder states it's much more likely that something between you and your ISP caused your public facing IP address to change. The vast majority of consumer internet dynamically allocates you an IP address, so simply restarting your modem will probably result in it changing.


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There is known vulnerability called: Stagefright, but it works by sending you a MMS message. It only works in Android and new models have been patched. I agree, it smells to a scam. Perhaps they know some vulnerability, but that could only work either in iOS or Android, but I don't think in both. Also it will depend on the model (OS version and hardware). ...


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There certainly are zero-day exploits out there for Android and iOS. So the technology exists for this to be real. In fact there is a thriving black market where discoverers of these exploits can sell them to the highest bidder -- here is an interesting article on that topic. That said, according to the above article, Android exploits sell for $30,000 - ...


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As the accepted answer already states, Microsoft kept the right to collect nearly everything from users of the open beta/technical preview. Keep in mind that they cannot do everything the terms of service or the free Windows 10 Technical Preview allow them to do, because especially in the EU privacy laws make some of this illegal. Before we go into ...


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With a Windows Profile you can see a portion of what's been collected. Expanding on Flyk's Last point. Microsoft Updates will be turned on by default with a peer to peer model for updating over your LAN or LAN and the Internet. Cortana seems to be the main intrusion with Windows 10. Optional extra's include linking to Office 365 linking to Power BI for data ...


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It's worth noting that your first link is in relation to the Windows Insider program. The Windows Insider program provides you with pre-release software that does call home with usage details and other information. This is something that you agree to by installing the Windows Insider preview - if you don't like it, you don't have to install it, it's ...


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Microsoft Windows Pre-Release Preview (aka Windows Insiders) Privacy Statement, January 2015: (no longer applies) When you acquire, install and use the Program software and services, Microsoft collects information about your use of the software and services as well as about the devices and networks on which they operate. Examples of data we may ...


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Look on Phoronix.com for Purism reviews, Michael has done a few blog posts on topic, including some controversy about what Purism is doing with their firmware. Traditional IBVs (Independent BIOS Vendors) like AMI/Phoenix/Insyde have closed source codebases. Intel has Firmware Support Package (FSP) and AMD has ASGEA(sp) which contain the necessary blobs that ...


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IMO, the only way to be sure about your firmware is if you build it and flash it yourself, and don't let system out of your hands. Intel Tunnel Mountain and MinnowBoard are the Intel dev platforms for UEFI. You can build your own firmware on these boxes. If you are concerned about this sort of thing, you might want to use a Novena or perhaps a Purism laptop ...


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The only way to get control over your computer, that works always, is to physically replace the infected BIOS flash chip with a non-infected one (provided that only the BIOS is infected). It is possible that the flashing utilities aren't infected by the government, so you can perhaps even flash a non-infected BIOS from inside a system, which comes with its ...



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