August 17th, 2013
“…we don’t want to provide users with a false sense of security, and encourage risky behavior. We want to be very clear that when you grant someone access to your OS user account, that they can get at everything.”
One has to wonder why this flaw has not been fixed. It would certainly make a hacker’s job easier, let alone the job of the NSA or spy agency. If the source computer used Chrome, all the hacker would have to do is go to the settings icon to get the user’s email passwords. One security expert told The Guardian:
“The fact you can view the passwords means they are stored in reversible form which means that the dark coders out there will be writing a Trojan to steal that password store as we speak.”
It has been revealed that large Internet companies such as Google and Microsoft have worked closely with the National Security Agency. There is even evidence that Skype (now part of Microsoft) helped the NSA get easy access to customer data. Therefore we need to ask, is this flaw actually helping these companies access your data even easier than before?