Experts Decry Microsoft as National Security Danger; Microsoft Lobbyist Responds
Sep 25, 2003, 14:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregg Keizer, Joe Barr)
CRN: Experts: Reliance On Microsoft A Danger To National
[ Thanks to Daniel
Carrera for this link. ]
"A panel of leading security experts Wednesday blasted Microsoft
for vulnerabilities in its software, and warned that reliance on
the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's software is a danger to both
enterprises and national security.
"The group, which debuted its report at the first day of a
two-day conference hosted by the Computer & Communications
Industry Association (CCIA), was headed by Dan Geer, the chief
technology officer of @Stake, a security consulting firm.
"'As fast as the world's computing infrastructure is growing,
vulnerability to attack is growing faster still,' said Geer..."
Newsforge: ACT Responds to Security Study
"Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) president Jonathan
Zuck has responded to the security study authored by well-known
security experts and published by arch-rival group CCIA this
morning. The ACT is funded primarily by Microsoft and two other
firms: Orbitz and Ebay. Zuck often travels to testify against any
legislation which might disrupt the status quo; they are perfectly
comfortable with Microsoft's monopoly. This past summer, for
example, he flew to Austin, Texas, in order to speak against state
Senate Bill 1579, which mandated a study on the use of open source
software in state government. His statement, which was entitled
'The Myth of the Monoculture: Why the CCIA Security Study is
Just Another Thinly Veiled Attempt to Get the Government to Punish
Microsoft and Give AOL and Sun a Leg Up' follows.
"On the back of his CCIA-funded security study, Ed Black is
riding in with his own Marxist Government-mandated Software
Security plan. Not surprisingly, the plan benefits CCIA's own
members like Sun Microsystems at the expense of Microsoft..."