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Corporate Sins

Bookmarks to articles about egregious crimes against humanity committed by corporations over the years.


Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A continually donates millions of dollars to groups that oppose same-sex marriage and other homophobic agendas.

Most famously they supported Proposition 8 to take away equal rights from LGBT people in California in 2008.

Cisco

Cisco is supposedly a trusted technology company that sells corporate network infrastructure (routers, switches and things). Your company probably has Cisco gear in their server closet and ISP's all over the world run Cisco hardware.

With their position and level of trust they should know better, but Cisco has implemented some of the most blatant backdoors that I have ever seen in my entire career in tech.

Cisco Architecture for Lawful Intercept

Attackers could exploit these backdoors and not leave any audit trail. That’s how the lawful intercept protocol was designed so that ISP employees can’t tell when a law enforcement agent logs to the ISP’s routers (even though law enforcement is supposed to gain this access with a court order or other legal access request).

Furthermore, this protocol could be abused by ISP employees because no one else working for the ISP could then tell when someone gained access to the routers via Cisco’s Architecture for Lawful Intercept.

Tom's Hardware

Facebook

Facebook has been having a really bad 2018 since the Cambridge Analytica scandal began. Only started collecting links here 12/6/18, needs some backfilling.

  • Facebook accused of striking ‘secret deals over user data’ - BBC News ‒ leaked internal exec emails about their purposefully privacy-infringing business practices.

    • Allowed some companies to retain full access to users’ friends’ data, even after closing the general privacy hole in 2014/2015 as related to the Cambridge Analytica leaks.

    • They were aware the Android permission change to log users’ call and text history would be controversial before they even launched it, and purposefully directed users attention away from the feature.

      Michael LeBeau (Facebook product manager):

      “As you know all the growth team is planning on shipping a permissions update on Android at the end of this month. They are going to include the ‘read call log’ permission... This is a pretty high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective but it appears that the growth team will charge ahead and do it...[The danger is] screenshot of the scary Android permissions screen becomes a meme (as it has in the past), propagates around the web, it gets press attention, and enterprising journalists dig into what exactly the new update is requesting, then write stories about “Facebook uses new Android update to pry into your private life in ever more terrifying ways”.

  • As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants (NY Times) ‒ “Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.”

Symantec

Symantec is a security company most known for creating Norton Antivirus. Their response to a security incident is apparently to shut the fuck up and pray that nobody ever finds out about it.