Wired: MS Denies Windows ‘Spy Key’

Microsoft is vehemently denying allegations by a leading
cryptographer that its Windows platform contains a backdoor
designed to give a US intelligence agency access to personal

“The key is a Microsoft key — it is not shared with any party
including the NSA,” said Windows NT security product manager Scott
Culp. “We don’t leave backdoors in any products…”

“Microsoft has not shown incredible competence in the area of
security,” Hill added. “We call on Microsoft to learn about open
security models that provide independent verification of design. No
secure system is based on security by obscurity.”