Saturday, 21 November 2009

Windows 7, NSA love in defended again

Microsoft Denies Windows 7 'Backdoor'

- Well it isn't like the U.S. government engaged in warrantless wiretapping or other illegal, covert surveillance...
US, November 20, 2009 - Microsoft is fighting back against detractors that are questioning whether or not the company installed "backdoors" into Windows 7 after it was learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) played a role in the development of the operating system. The NSA's information assurance director, Richard Schaeffer, revealed during a Congress hearing that the agency entered into a partnership with the Window's 7 developer in order "to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide."
What kinda bullshit excuse is that?
A story released through Computerworld first brought light to the subject, which lead to Microsoft releasing a statement that clearly stated "Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows." Industry experts are concerned about the inclusion of the NSA during the development of a major operating system, as some believe the agency may put pressure on companies like Microsoft to build access pathways into their OS code that would allow them to do things like intercept communications and track users.
No? What, like they do with the telecoms companies I suppose.
"The key problem is that NSA has a dual mission, COMPUSEC, computer security, now called cyber security, and SIGINT, signals intelligence, in other words surveillance," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronics Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
The government doesn't throw around phrases like 'Total Information Awareness' and 'Full Spectrum Warfare' for nothing you know...

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