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CNN: Crypto expert: Microsoft products leave door open to NSA

Sep 03, 1999, 20:09 (9 Talkback[s])

"A cryptography expert says that Microsoft operating systems include a back door that allows the National Security Agency to enter systems using one of the operating system versions..."

"It turns out that there are really two keys used by Windows; the first belongs to Microsoft, and it allows them to securely load (the cryptography services)," said Andrew Fernandes in a press release. Fernandes works for Cryptonym, a company based in Ontario."

"The press release states "the second belongs to the NSA. That means that the NSA can also securely load (the services) on your machine, and without your authorization."

"The discovery "highly suggests" that the NSA has a key it could use to enter encrypted items on anybody's Windows operating system, said Ian Goldberg, chief scientist at Zero-Knowledge Systems."

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