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The Age: The end of e-innocence

Sep 05, 1999, 16:13 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Duncan Campbell)

"If Monday's news was bad, Saturday's was almost unbelievable. Security specialists revealed that almost every computer in the world that uses the Microsoft Windows operating system has a secret program built into it that can be controlled by the US intelligence agency, NSA."

"The insecurity of Hotmail was an accident. But the loophole that appears to let US intelligence agents run secret programs in any Windows-based personal computer is a deliberate act. As news of the loophole spread, groups concerned with Internet privacy reacted with anger and astonishment."

"'For non-American IT managers relying on Windows NT to operate highly secure data centres, this find is worrying,' he added. 'It's making it easier for the US Government to access your computer.'"

"With an attitude like that, it's no wonder that the computer underground hates Microsoft like nothing else on earth. It's not just because Microsoft boss Bill Gates is the richest man in history, with a wealth beyond many states. It's because Microsoft's virtual monopoly has foisted most of the world with an operating system that is inherently insecure, unreliable, and easily open to serious abuse."

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