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posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 06:11 PM
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well this is good news of a sorts Microsoft upping its crypto and protections from the NSA:

www.theverge.com...

it.slashdot.org...

not sure if this is a knee jerk reaction, or some kind of good PR stunt. or, if Microsoft was really stunned
by what the NSA may have been doing. and if they may have then others potentially could have been....


GhostInShell




posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 06:37 PM
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This is something of a joke, isn't it? Trying to secure things against an agency that specializes in getting to what they want?

This does not make me feel safer.



posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 06:41 PM
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its like telling "caeser" we are going to secure our communications with the latest cipher (hint caeser cipher).
and, then thinking your secure.....

edit on 5-12-2013 by Ghostinshell because: (no reason given)



posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 07:22 PM
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Yea I'm not buying it at all. Sounds like they're still trying to mitigate the damage from being tied to PRISM.


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 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.
Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, said those releases occur in cooperation with multiple agencies and are designed to give government “an early start” on risk assessment and mitigation.
In an e-mailed statement, Shaw said there are “several programs” through which such information is passed to the government, and named two which are public, run by Microsoft and for defensive purposes.


source

They all cooperate with the government.



posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 07:48 PM
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Ghostinshell
well this is good news of a sorts Microsoft upping its crypto and protections from the NSA:

www.theverge.com...

it.slashdot.org...

not sure if this is a knee jerk reaction, or some kind of good PR stunt. or, if Microsoft was really stunned
by what the NSA may have been doing. and if they may have then others potentially could have been....


GhostInShell


Like Microsoft ISN'T part of the NSA to begin with. What a joke.
Firepiston



posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 08:11 PM
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This has to be a joke. Microsoft builds back doors for alphabet agency's . This is nothing but a smoke screen to make the sheeple feel safe.



posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 10:47 PM
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Microslop and the agency have to be two peas in a pod.

They must work hand in glove helping one another.

imho, Anything to the contrary is propaganda to deceive the sheeple further.

Besides, given the computing capacities of the agency 50 years ahead of the rest of us . . . virtually any practical cipher must be easily broken or have a backdoor demanded engineered into it to begin with.

I wouldn't trust the software giant any more than I would the agency or the Clintons or Sr Bush or the O or the corrupt Senator from CA or the corrupt Senator from NV or the corrupt House lady from CA or . . .

in other words, . . . more than 0.000000000000000000%



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 03:51 AM
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so they're slapping some extra encryption on inter server communications...whoopy do, the NSA have access to the servers so can read the data in real time with no care about what sort of encryption MS puts in between them. Really its nothing more than a PR stunt to make it look like they're doing something



posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 11:34 AM
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I actually think this is a good thing; seems like google, apple, yahoo and Microsoft where all nailed or at least
exposed, by not encrypting wan and data center links. seems like all of them now are on the path to do so.

but moreso; it will encourage others to do so..... which is where the real win comes in.





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