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OpenBSD chief believes contractor tried to write backdoors

Dec 22, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"The lead developer of the OpenBSD operating system says that he believes that a government contracting firm that contributed code to his project "was probably contracted to write backdoors," which would grant secret access to encrypted communications.

"Posting to an OpenBSD discussion list Tuesday, Theo de Raadt said that while he now believes that a company called Netsec may have been involved in backdoors, he doesn't think that any of this software made it into the OpenBSD code base.

"The controversy was kicked off last week, after former Netsec CEO Gregory Perry e-mailed de Raadt privately, to warn him that there might be 10-year-old bugs in the software that OpenBSD uses for secure Internet communications. Perry said that the back door code was developed as a way for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor encrypted communications within the U.S. Department of Justice."

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