Wired: Raided Firm's Software Checks Out
Dec 10, 2002, 19:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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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..."