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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This is no news
by MysterMask on Fri 20th Nov 2009 00:11 UTC
MysterMask
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2005-07-12

categorically denied these claims.


Why bother talking about totally irrelevant things on the front page?

Of course any company doing international business will deny such claims (whether true or false). Just imagine how much faith customers from other countries (governments, companies, military, etc.) would have, if any company would admit that a government fiddled with their product leaving customers all over the world vulnerable to unfair business practices, espionage and the like.

So does Windows have any backdoors?
Probably. We don't know.

Will Microsoft ever admit if Windows has backdoors?
Of course not.

Is it worth discussing any press statements from Microsoft about it?
No. Not without any hard facts.

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RE: This is no news
by jonathane on Fri 20th Nov 2009 04:27 in reply to "This is no news"
jonathane Member since:
2009-05-31

It's news that Microsoft consulted with the NSA on Win7. The denial is not the news; the consulting is. I might live under a rock, but I didn't know there was any such government involvement.

I'm happy with Windows, and I welcome this kind of transparency, whether or not there is any such "backdoor."

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