Microsoft engineers can use the following capabilities to get the information:
- Ability to run a limited, pre-approved list of Microsoft certified diagnostic tools, such as msinfo32.exe, powercfg.exe, and dxdiag.exe.
- Ability to get registry keys.
- Ability to gather user content, such as documents, if they might have been the trigger for the issue.
the FBI believes it can force online companies to turn over the following information simply by sending an NSL demanding it: an individual’s complete web browsing history; the IP addresses of everyone a person has corresponded with; and records of all online purchases.
“If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of]it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you]enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving auto-complete and spell check features.”
Microsoft is sending, at will, a cryptic event descriptor to their system, based on any event, user initiated or not.
device need to be airgapped?
I don’t need any version other than Windows 7. and I will never need to upgrade. By the time 7 is totally obsolete, the arguments of having access to certain Windows-only applications will no longer be valid.
By default, when signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example “web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open” as well as “saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords”.
Microsoft’s updated terms also state that they collect basic information “from you and your devices, including for example “app use data for apps that run on Windows” and “data about the networks you connect to.”
“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to”, for example, “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing the use of the services”.
“Personal data collected by Microsoft may be stored and processed in the United State or any other country wherein Microsoft, its subsidiaries or service providers are located.”
Cortana cannot be disabled without breaking Windows. Yes, you can turn all of the settings off, but the process still runs in the background and auto restarts when killed. I even went into the windows group policy settings and forbade Cortana, and it still ran as a process in the background. So, I tried to use powershell to remove it since it was installed as a “modern app”. I removed every trace of modern app, including the Windows store, rebooted, Cortana was still there, running the background, consuming 0%-0.1% cpu and using ~35MB of RAM. So, I found out where Cortana was on the file system, killed the process, and renamed the folder, so that it would not be found. And that did work, Cortana never restarted. The only problem was Windows Update stopped working! Yes, not being able to start Cortana prevents Windows 10 from installing updates. I had to run sfc (which fixed Cortana) to install updates, and now the Cortana process is back. Also, when I renamed the Cortana install folder, the search feature of the start menu stopped working completely (no type to search). Magically started working once Cortana was back. I can’t believe how deep this thing has its tentacles into the OS, it really is disturbing.
Software can no longer trust the memory, storage nor network. Thus to protect itself one needs to operate counter to spying host and intercept systems.
To run Windows 10, one would need to provision VHD for it, to boot as VHD or to run virtualized. While running a kernel debugger needs to be attached. The host debugger would need to be able to power cycle the Windows 10 at any point.
Context Aware Artificial Intelligence
a way to steal every joke, every poem, every intellectual endeavor you ever create and have it copyrighted before you even stop typing.
Telemetry is sent once per 5 minutes, to:
This allows them to track you very accurately.
Typing the name of any popular movie into your local file search starts a telemetry process that indexes all media files on your computer and transmits them to:
This allows them to index any “unauthorized” content, and build a dossier on you that can be used in conjunction with their tracking data to stuff almost anyone in jail when needed.