Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Dec 2010 23:55 UTC, submitted by Oliver
OpenBSD Okay, this is potentially very big news that really needs all the exposure it can get. OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt has received an email in which it was revealed to him that ten years ago, the FBI paid several open source developers to implement hidden backdoors in OpenBSD's IPSEC stack. De Raadt decided to publish the email for all to see, so that the code in question can be reviewed. Insane stuff.
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I suspect the same of Microsoft code
by cmost on Wed 15th Dec 2010 00:49 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

I've long suspected something similar has been implemented in Microsoft Windows. A back door that lets the government monitor users activities or communications. I always thought the entire anti-trust matter and planned split-up of Microsoft went away just a little too conveniently. As was Bill Gate's quiet retirement. The government in the U.S. has not made aggressive moves to curtail Microsoft's domination and questionable business practices leaving me to believe there's an "arrangement" between it and the government intelligence departments. Just a theory.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I always thought it would be about money and power.

Where Microsoft had contributed campaign funding.

In this on OSnews article of today it was portrayed differently:

"At this point, the terrorist attack of 9/11 occurred. From her comments at the time, it seems clear that this event greatly influenced Judge Kollar-Kotelly's view of this court case. Within weeks she ruled that the two parties must now settle, saying 'The court cannot emphasize too strongly the importance of making these efforts to settle the case and resolve the parties' differences in this time of rapid national change.'"

http://www.osnews.com/story/24131/How_Microsoft_Missed_The_Next_Big...

Edited 2010-12-15 01:40 UTC

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

I've long suspected something similar has been implemented in Microsoft Windows. A back door that lets the government monitor users activities or communications.


I've pretty much always taken that for granted, and it's not exactly harder to believe nowadays with the US showing exactly how much pressure it is willing to exert on domestic companies when they feel it's in their interest.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141105/NSA_helped_with_Wind...

Now if this is true about OpenBSD (let's hope not), then this Gregory Perry must be one of them whistleblowers who according to the US is an 'ENEMY OF THE ENTIRE WORLD' or some such nonsense.

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