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ComputerWorld: German hackers: companies must confess ‘backdoors’

“MUNICH – A prominent German hacker group has weighed in on the
reported security hole in Microsoft’s software security system,
demanding that legislators require companies to reveal to users any
“backdoors” in its software which allows third parties access to
data”

“He also criticised the German government for rejecting the
holding of encryption keys by third parties on the one hand, while
still itself using Windows-based software even in the most
sensitive areas of the government.”

“The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), in a statement issued last
Friday, also called for a European open-source software initiative
which would work to make sure such backdoors are not
created.”

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