Thursday, July 15

Microsoft opens source code to Russian secret service

Microsoft opens source code to Russian secret service | Security | ZDNet UK.

The above is a link to ZDNet on the fact that Microsoft has signed a deal with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) access to Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, SQL Server, and Windows 7.

The thing to remember about this deal is, this is nothing new...  from the article:

"The agreement is an extension to a deal Microsoft struck with the Russian government in 2002 to share source code for Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2000, said Vedomosti."

I'm not even sure that the United States Government has access to Microsoft's Source Code, although it stands to reason... If the Russians have it, the US has it too.

3 comments:

Guest said...

I'm sure they do.

Capitainmaximum said...

It's more common that the most people think. It's about the use of MS products in government (military) devices. Even here in Brazil we have it (with some restrictions).

Guest said...

They do - another article mentions NATO and many of the other countries involved: http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/desktop-os/2003/08/14/aussie-govt-to-see-windows-source-code-39115697/

Several other suspect nations are also among these as well, which should raise some eyebrows, especially after APT's IE6 zero-day and the more recent Stuxnet .LNK / shell zero-day.