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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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

The security fact is that government has a lot more to loose than you do if they are caught with an un-patched but exploited vulnerability. I don't see this as "appeas[ing] the government" but common sense.

They also have a lot more to gain than I do when attempting to breach security and infiltrate the computers of other worldwide governments, thanks to being the only people (besides Microsoft itself and likely a few other U.S. government organizations) to know about these zero-day exploits. Shit, all I would gain is "FELONY" on my record and a prison sentence.

I truly don't know why the f*** non-U.S. governments continue to use Microsoft software at this point. I wonder if all this news since the data collection broke will eventually cause governments around the world to begin seriously considering non-U.S. alternatives. If so, well done again U.S. Government--you're continuing to run your economy into the ground.

Edited 2013-06-15 00:56 UTC

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mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

They also have a lot more to gain than I do when attempting to breach security and infiltrate the computers of other worldwide governments, thanks to being the only people (besides Microsoft itself and likely a few other U.S. government organizations) to know about these zero-day exploits. Shit, all I would gain is "FELONY" on my record and a prison sentence.


Other governments and even large corporations are within their rights to demand the same from Microsoft as a condition of licensing their software. As individuals, it might not be easy or possible to demand the same, but there is nothing stopping you from trying.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If I were a foreign government, I would not trust for a second Microsoft to not have the deal in such a way that their own government--the U.S.--gets special privileges above all others. And what's stopping the U.S. from demanding that? I wouldn't trust them to give all governments a level playing field--clearly a large part of the reason for doing this (aside from security of their own systems) is to exploit other government systems. When that's the case, do you really expect them to play fair?

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