Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Jun 2013 17:32 UTC
Microsoft From Bloomberg: "Microsoft, 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." The lid has officially been blown off.
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easy answer is:
by hussam on Fri 14th Jun 2013 21:27 UTC
hussam
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2006-08-17

There is a security bug triggered when you perform operation A.
1) you tell the government quickly so they workaround it because compromised government machines are supposedly a national security problem.
2) you hide the security bug from the public until a fix is found/issues because you don't want the bug to be intentionally exploited in civilian/public computers.

That is at least their reasoning which makes sense to me.
Whether it OMG! ruins everyone's ideals and stuff is a totally different story.

Edit: keep in mind that this is closed source software. End users can't fix bugs ;)

Edited 2013-06-14 21:28 UTC

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