Microsoft provides bug data to intelligence agencies before releasing a fix

Posted on Friday, Jun 14 2013 @ 18:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Bloomberg delivers news that thousands of companies are working closely with US national security agencies. The companies, which includes technology, finance and manufacturing firms, share sensitive information and in return receive benefits that include access to classified intelligence. One example that Bloomberg provides is that Microsoft provides intelligence agencies with early information about bugs in its software:
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software company, provides intelligence agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process. That information can be used to protect government computers and to access the computers of terrorists or military foes.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (MSFT) and other software or Internet security companies have been aware that this type of early alert allowed the U.S. to exploit vulnerabilities in software sold to foreign governments, according to two U.S. officials. Microsoft doesn’t ask and can’t be told how the government uses such tip-offs, said the officials, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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