Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:22 UTC
Windows Earlier this week, a senior National Security Agency official told US Congress that the NSA had worked on Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. This spurred a flurry of rumours about the NSA building backdoors into Windows 7, but Microsoft has today categorically denied these claims.
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RE[2]: NSAKey?
by boldingd on Fri 20th Nov 2009 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE: NSAKey?"
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While I don't necessarily personally believe it, it also does not sound implausable that the NSA would want a security back-door in Windows bad enough to at least approach Microsoft about it. Bear in mind, the US Fed'ral Gov'ment hasn't always been thrilled with its citizens' ability to keep secrets from it: various bills have arisen in Congress to try to make various types and strengths of encryption illegal, and even to enforce the inclusion of government-held master decryption keys in cryptography schemes. For that matter, bear in mind that large telcoms now are requried to have hardware making it possible for the government to intercept arbitrary calls, based on the same fundamental logic: "the Federal Government should have unrestricted access to information that it deems is of overriding importance" -- or, more precisely, "when the federal government decides that access to private information is of vital importance, it should not be technologically possible to prevent access to that information". (To the best of my knowledge, all those bills have been defeated -- but, at least, there is an interest, held by some in the federal government, in having these kinds of back-door keys put in).

I think the idea is at least more plausable than the other kinds of high-octane tinfoil hat that you list.

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