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Another corporation of good who loves NSA
  • A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.

    Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software company, provides intelligence agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process. That information can be used to protect government computers and to access the computers of terrorists or military foes.

    Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (MSFT) and other software or Internet security companies have been aware that this type of early alert allowed the U.S. to exploit vulnerabilities in software sold to foreign governments, according to two U.S. officials. Microsoft doesn’t ask and can’t be told how the government uses such tip-offs, said the officials, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.

    Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, said those releases occur in cooperation with multiple agencies and are designed to give government “an early start” on risk assessment and mitigation.


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  • Microsoft is just a bunch of criminals.

  • Why does that NOT surprise me?

  • So what? It's not like every other software/OS developer doesn't do this very same thing.

  • It's not like every other software/OS developer doesn't do this very same thing.

    Most don't :-) In fact this motherfuckers make restricted disclosure of holes (and sometimes specially delay fixes) to allow "good guys" hack the "bad guys".

  • The nra logic of "the only way to stop a bad guy with malware is a good guy with spyware..." Righteous and confused and resulting in even more harm.

  • From today's Al Jazeera* interview with Richard Aldrich, author of GCHQ


    The biggest part of the problem is that intelligence agencies have changed their focus. 20 years ago they were looking at things like Russian submarines, Chinese missiles.. Now they're looking at people. And the organisations that have intelligence on people are actually the supermarkets, the banks, the ISP providers. So effectively, intelligence agencies no longer own intelligence.

    Al Jazeera:

    Is there anything in particular that you've got your eye on?


    A number of exciting revelations in the next few months, in particular ...the direct tapping of fibre optic cables, in some sense under the oceans.

  • About Microsoft, operating systems and loyalty:

    We all have loyalty deep within our genetic make up. Loyalty to family, tribe and country. But when we transport that noble emotion to a commercial product, we've seriously projected our loyalty onto something not worthy of it.

    Loyalty to an operating system? Microsoft? Apple?

    Even loyalty to Linux is misplaced. Linux, for me, has to prove each new morning that it's safe and keeping up its standards. And when I find fault with a distro, I go somewhere else. And could a back door somehow be hidden within the 204.5 million lines of code of an open source OS like Linux? Yes. La lutta continua!

  • Al Jazeera is "constantly demonized in the American media."[101] When Al Jazeera reported events featuring very graphic footage from inside Iraq, Al Jazeera was described as anti-American

    Please, remove this bullshit. :-)