According to a European Parliament report, published in 2001, America's National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted faxes and phone calls between Airbus, Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Saudi government in early 1994. The NSA found that Airbus agents were offering bribes to a Saudi official to secure a lion's share for Airbus in modernising Saudi Arabian Airlines' fleet. The planes were in a $6 billion deal that Edouard Balladur, France's then prime minister, had hoped to clinch on a visit to see King Fahd in January 1994. He went home empty-handed.
Ok, without being so snarky - the problem isn't MS. Or, more to the point, the problem isn't MS specifically. All the tech companies were implicated.
I'm reading this article as being more of "How can British companies ever trust an American company not to let an American spy agency access to their systems?",
Isn't this just more corrupt lobbying by businesses who gain from banning the competition?
The NSAKEY incident of 1999 referenced in the fine article here may or may not have been a deliberate Microsoft back door or just a poorly named debugging references.
Blazecock Pileon: Open Source.
Serious question: Like Windows, aren't Linux and open-source services only as safe as people apply patches for zero-day exploits? OpenSSH is one notable example, I'd think, where people don't always keep things up-to-date, but still rely on SSH to reliably secure traffic, right? I wouldn't argue that it isn't better, but I don't know that it is the ultimate solution.
And isn't there a popular CS lecture, where the speaker showed how you can't trust software of any kind, because the chain of tools used to compile software can itself be corrupted?
And it sort of kills me that nobody cares - or as one friend on FB said to me - "I'd rather have the government reading my emails than have another 9/11".
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