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And the US Government is STILL Using Microsoft!

July 16, 2010

Microsoft GAVE ITS SOURCE CODE TO RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE!

Microsoft has signed a deal to open its Windows 7 source code up to the Russian intelligence services.

Russian publication Vedomosti reported on Wednesday that Microsoft had also given the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) access to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server source code, with hopes of improving Microsoft sales to the Russian state.

A senior security source with links to the UK government told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that the 2002 deal was part of Microsoft’s Government Security Program. Nato also signed up, said the source. Having a number of different governments with access to Microsoft code meant it was possible that a government could find holes in the code and use it to exploit another nation-state’s systems, said the source.

Sure, Russia has Linux’s source codes too, but there it’s a level playing field – since everyone has the source code, vulnerabilities get caught and FIXED!  When only some people have the code – and those people have an incentive to exploit rather than fix a vulnerability, you have problems.

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