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InfoWorld: Security expert: Windows has back door

Sep 03, 1999, 19:40 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Trott, Elizabeth Heichler)

"A private security expert said he has found a "back door" in Microsoft's Windows operating systems that could give the United States' biggest spy agency access to the systems."

"Andrew Fernandes, chief scientist at Cryptonym, charged that the back door exists in Windows 9x, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. While investigating Windows NT 4.0 for security breaches, Fernandes said, he discovered a weakness that exploits Microsoft's encryption architecture."

"Microsoft's security architecture is a 'trust-me' solution," Hill said."

"I would plead with Microsoft to start taking security and privacy of their consumers seriously," Hill said. "That means open security systems reviewed by peers and experts. They can't continue with 'trust me' when clearly they haven't earned that trust."

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