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Wired: Raided Firm's Software Checks Out

Dec 10, 2002, 19:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

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"Software designed by Ptech, a Massachusetts technology firm U.S. federal agents suspect might be linked to terrorist groups, does not appear to threaten national security...

"'Most commercial software is compiled in some manner,' said Sweeny. 'In other words, you do not see the source code so it's tough to look for backdoors or Trojans. And even if it were not closed source, the amount of code to go through is overwhelming unless you know exactly where to look.'

"Some said the Ptech incident proves that government should rely on open source software..."

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