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VNU Net: US security agency (NSA) eyes open source

Feb 02, 2001, 20:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)

"The US National Security Agency, known to conspiracy theorists as the No Such Agency, is taking a noticeable interest in Linux, in the belief that it can develop an almost uncrackable secure operating system for sensitive file storage."

"The NSA first announced its interest in the Linux operating system in early January, when it announced a prototype version of 'security enhanced' Linux. VMware has now been drafted in to make sure that security stretches out over the network. The prototype includes enhancements providing stronger protection against tampering and bypassing of application security mechanisms, and greater limits on the damage that can be caused by malicious or flawed applications."

"Open source software plays an increasingly important role in federal IT systems, and NSA's security experts are also making a valuable contribution to the open source community," said Jeffery Hunker, senior director for critical infrastructure at the White House National Security Council."

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