Linked by David Adams on Mon 12th Jul 2010 15:34 UTC, submitted by fran
Privacy, Security, Encryption Microsoft has signed a deal to open its Windows 7 source code up to the Russian intelligence services. Russian publication Vedomosti reported on Wednesday that Microsoft had also given the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) access to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server source code, with hopes of improving Microsoft sales to the Russian state. The agreement will allow state bodies to study the source code and develop cryptography for the Microsoft products through the Science-Technical Centre 'Atlas', a government body controlled by the Ministry of Communications and Press, according to Vedomosti. . . The agreement is an extension to a deal Microsoft struck with the Russian government in 2002 to share source code for Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2000, said Vedomosti.
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Comment by Brynet
by brynet on Mon 12th Jul 2010 15:41 UTC
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2010-03-02

They also share it with university students, who secretly wrote it.. be afraid.

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Crypto
by vivainio on Mon 12th Jul 2010 15:48 UTC
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2008-12-26

A programmer might be wondering - why would you need the source code for the operating system to write crypto software for it?

My guess is - windows was compared against Linux at some meeting. Access to source code was cited as a a plus for Linux. Microsoft was willing to show the source to get that checkbox checked.

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RE: Crypto
by morglum666 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 16:08 UTC in reply to "Crypto"
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How is it like some under rated superhero that linux is somehow involved in the plot?

Morglum

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RE[2]: Crypto
by vivainio on Mon 12th Jul 2010 20:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Crypto"
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2008-12-26

How is it like some under rated superhero that linux is somehow involved in the plot?


Say what?

Linux is part of the plot because without the open source nature of Linux, Microsoft would have very little desire to share the source code of Windows.

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Better viruses incoming
by satan666 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 16:29 UTC
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2008-04-18

Now that the Russians have access to the code, will they be able to release better viruses?

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RE: Better viruses incoming
by pabloski on Mon 12th Jul 2010 17:23 UTC in reply to "Better viruses incoming"
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2009-09-28

yes they'll release industrial strength spyware and bots

the new malware will have better performance, better compatibility, less crash and will circumvent all firewall, ids and antiviruses

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RE[2]: Better viruses incoming
by marcp on Mon 12th Jul 2010 20:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Better viruses incoming"
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2007-11-23

D'oh ... it's not that bad. You will be able to get Win7 src code from torrents ...

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RE[3]: Better viruses incoming
by vodoomoth on Tue 13th Jul 2010 11:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Better viruses incoming"
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2010-03-30

To do what with it?
I don't see the point. It's not like one can change the bad things in it and make it a more capable OS for everyday use.

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v RE: Better viruses incoming
by Karitku on Tue 13th Jul 2010 08:00 UTC in reply to "Better viruses incoming"
RE[2]: Better viruses incoming
by vodoomoth on Tue 13th Jul 2010 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Better viruses incoming"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

You should restrain from writing in that style.

Your points would have not been clouded by the bad vibes this comment reeks.

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Strange...
by nicolasgoddone on Tue 13th Jul 2010 12:23 UTC
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2009-04-20

last time I checked some senators were making a fuss and went all national-security "blah blah" when IBM was selling their hardware tech to the Chinese, granted that Russia aren't commies anymore but this??!, The US government is really dependent on MS software, this is like early christmas for crackers/hackers. Probably IBM wasn't as good as M$ at lobbying.

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RE: Strange...
by mintar on Wed 14th Jul 2010 08:48 UTC in reply to "Strange..."
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2008-09-26

The US government is really dependent on MS software, this is like early christmas for crackers/hackers.


So, when the Russian secret service gets access to the source code, the US government needs to be afraid of hackers, right? And what about the other way around? The NSA has had access to the source code for years, so the Russian government has all reason to be afraid, that's why MS gave them the source code.

I'm also not quite comfortable with the NSA and the FSB having access to the sources, and me not. Gives an unfair advantage to hackers. That's why most European countries switch to Linux.

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