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To Big Brother or Not to Big Brother?
#56876 11/13/20 08:58 PM
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Hi all, I really don't want to start a panic, but I came across this and have no idea if there's any truth in the article. Although I wouldn't be surprised, really. Please read this and tell me/us what you think.

https://sneak.berlin/20201112/your-computer-isnt-yours/

Re: To Big Brother or Not to Big Brother?
Hermie #56878 11/13/20 09:07 PM
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Hi, and welcome to FineTunedMac. smile

Thanks for the link. I"m curious too."


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Hermie #56879 11/13/20 09:07 PM
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This sounds about as believable as the QAnon garbage. I would ignore it.


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Hermie #56907 11/14/20 06:36 PM
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This may not be so farfetched. The very reputable site MacInTouch reported something similar, although not the sharing of the information. See the November 12 post on its home page.


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Ira L #56911 11/14/20 08:19 PM
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Thanks for the link, Ira.

I didn't experience the symptoms reported in the article, nor did anyone post here about having experienced them.

Any input on that?

WOW! Double thanks. The linked article induced me to look in my Security & Privacy pane where I discovered that somewhere along the line - lord only knows when - my built-in firewall had been turned off.

Memo to everyone: Check yours!


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artie505 #56944 11/15/20 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by artie505
Thanks for the link, Ira.

I didn't experience the symptoms reported in the article, nor did anyone post here about having experienced them.

Any input on that?

I have not experienced the problem, but as has been pointed out in other posts, we here at FTM are a small part of the Apple Universe; albeit, experienced, but small.


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Re: To Big Brother or Not to Big Brother?
Ira L #56959 11/16/20 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Ira L
This may not be so farfetched. The very reputable site MacInTouch reported something similar, although not the sharing of the information. See the November 12 post on its home page.
Forgt to post this earlier... The MacInTouch article reports on the same event as the OP's linked doc, but without the implied "evil" ramifications.

More: It also links to the OP's linked doc.

Something pretty disconcerting, apparently beyond just a server slowdown, happened, and an explanation from Apple is in order.

Last edited by artie505; 11/17/20 01:47 AM. Reason: More & Hidnsight

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artie505 #56960 11/16/20 04:48 AM
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Maybe we should hire Eric Snowden to investigate this even further! Sounds like something he can handle.


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