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

“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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