Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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Now we know what happend.
by cmost on Fri 12th Jul 2013 00:12 UTC
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Back in the late 90s early 2000s, Microsoft was tried for antitrust practices and a judge ordered it split into two companies: a software company and an operating system company. Then, suddenly a new judge was assigned and all that went away. Shortly thereafter, Bill Gates retired. I find that funny really since back in the late 80s the government wanted a back door in Windows that would allow it unfettered access to user data for the purposes of national security. Bill Gates staunchly refused then, but when Microsoft's back was against a wall I think he agreed but left because he opposed it on other grounds. I think the government leveraged the penalty of splitting Microsoft in exchange for the back door it wanted. It's one of the reasons I migrated to Linux over a decade ago. Don't do Windows people, it's bad for you.

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