I am new to the topic of cyber security, however i am aware from various experts in cyber security that in recent year different governments or CIA for example have cooperation with manufacturers and they might pre-install various backdoors on USB, HDD, SDD. Is it myth?
If not, is there any method how to erase completely any potential threat?
For example, i want to buy X USB stick with 256gb, super-fast speed, can it have backdoor in it?
Would you be using this for yourself if you need maximum anonimity or it is matter of paranoia. For example i use HP laptop for different works and i need to keep max anonimity. Should i change my laptop? It would be quite interesting to hear which model you personally use. Thank you in advance for answer!
The reason of such question is high interest from Government of Russia to watch absolutely everything including journalists and in some cases SSD can play vital role if it is not secure from the beginning