Windows Vista got help from NSA

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10 2007 @ 00:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft got help from the National Security Agency on making Windows Vista more secure than previous Windows editions:
For the first time, the giant software maker is acknowledging the help of the secretive agency, better known for eavesdropping on foreign officials and, more recently, U.S. citizens as part of the Bush administration's effort to combat terrorism. The agency said it has helped in the development of the security of Microsoft's new operating system -- the brains of a computer -- to protect it from worms, Trojan horses and other insidious computer attackers.

"Our intention is to help everyone with security," Tony W. Sager, the NSA's chief of vulnerability analysis and operations group, said yesterday.

The NSA's impact may be felt widely. Windows commands more than 90 percent of the worldwide market share in desktop operating systems, and Vista, which is set to be released to consumers Jan. 30, is expected to be used by more than 600 million computer users by 2010, according to Al Gillen, an analyst at market research firm International Data.
More info at Washington Post.


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Re: Windows Vista got help from NSA
by Anonymous on Wednesday, Jan 10 2007 @ 02:10 CET
I wonder whether this is a good or a bad thing. Who knows how many backdoors they sniffed in ;)