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Old February 24, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Default The Kill Switch Comes to the PC

"Google responded swiftly. It flipped a little-known kill switch, reaching into more than 250,000 infected Android smartphones and forcibly removing the malicious code. “It was sort of unreal, watching something like that unfold,” says Kytömäki, who makes dice simulator apps. Kill switches are a standard part of most smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Google, Apple, and Amazon all have the ability to reach into devices to delete illicit content or edit code without users’ permission. It’s a powerful way to stop threats that spread quickly, but it’s also a privacy and security land mine."

The Kill Switch Comes to the PC - Businessweek

more totalitarian police state tech sold under the guise of "protecting and keeping you safe"
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