Originally Posted by jrl1357
well true, I think the government even more then most would want to standardize to the point where if they thought they might want to look at anyone, everyone would have those kind of things in place, and while you or others might notice some of the back doors, the good ones you will not, and the good ones are harder to find in closed source software.
I see your point and completely agree with you. I honestly can not think of a situation where it would happen though in terms of government systems. Anything that is sensitive information would not be accessible by anyone without quite a few hurdles to jump over at which point you have to assume or are told that they are watching. They are not bashful about saying we may watch you; they will say we are watching and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. You don't have a right to privacy in any place like that with good reason.
While somewhat strange to say we like to think that hey maybe someone has hidden a back door to access this machine in someway but it isn't really something that happens. If you are a user at a terminal with that type of information then you already know what is happening in the background, the only other means of access would be hacking in which circumvents the back door access to what a user is doing anyways making it rather pointless to bother with being secretive about it.
If anyone ever gets the chance to see, visit, or even work at a secure facility I'd highly suggest giving it a go. I would consider it a very enlightening experience. Just don't go near a terminal with a flash drive or cell phone unless you are looking for a really cheap small place to live for awhile.