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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RE[2]: easy answer is:
by zlynx on Mon 17th Jun 2013 16:52 UTC in reply to "RE: easy answer is:"
zlynx
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What you're not taking into account is:

3) The US can use the zero day exploits against other nations.

Certainly they can. So can anyone else who gets early notification.

But where did that zero day exploit come from? Some of them come from code inspection, fuzzing and white-hat hackers. But most of them come from inspection of hacked machines which means that zero-day exploit is already out there being used by the bad guys.

The notification delay is so that the exploit is only used by a few bad guys instead of the entire Internet.

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