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InfoWorld: Security expert: Windows has back door

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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