Microsoft Gets Help From NSA for Vista Security

Anyone remember the FUD that used to circulate on web forums and usenet
groups about how the NSA supposedly had a backdoor in Windows? Well,
When it comes to Vista, it’s actually possible (however likely it may or
may not be) that there could actually be something to those old claims.

Seems that the software giant is getting some "help" from the N.S.A.
in dealing with malware. I can’t help think that the fact that this bit
of genuine news and that it IS genuine and not simply FUD is
going to convince a LOT more people to move to Open Source operating
systems like Linux.


Microsoft
Gets Help From NSA for Vista Security

An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post is reporting that
Microsoft received help from the National Security Agency in
protecting the Vista operating system from worms and viruses. The
Agency aimed to help as many people as they could, and chose to assist
Vista with good reason: the OS still has a 90 percent lock on the PC
market, with some 600 million Vista users expected by 2010. From the
article: ‘The Redmond, Wash., software maker declined to be specific
about the contributions the NSA made to secure the Windows operating
system … Microsoft said this is not the first time it has sought
help from the NSA. For about four years, Microsoft has tapped the spy
agency for security expertise in reviewing its operating systems,
including the Windows XP consumer version and the Windows Server 2003
for corporate customers.’"

An anonymouse poster on usenet expressed it very nicely…

The NSA has two roles in life. 1) protect their own stuff, and 2)
break stuff that belongs to everyone else.

Since Vista isn’t just NSA software does anyone else think the NSA
would be shirking its duties if it didn’t at least look for it’s own
set of exploitable holes? Or add a couple?

No way no how. Vista is poison to anyone who wants any privacy at
all. The NSA is well aware of things like Freenet, Tor, and remailers.
You’d be an idiot to believe they’re not looking for ways to crack
them. And a fool to believe they wouldn’t take advantage of any if
they had the opportunity. The mass wire taps on US soil already tell
us they care nothing about being found out.


definition:

FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
(or deception)

37th Lastdays Watch posted

The latest Lastdays
Watch
titled "Iniquity
Everywhere
" has just been posted.

Within a half hour or so after this post hits the blog, The freenet
version will also be updated. The freenet URI is:

http://127.0.0.1:8888/SSK@~7-CGZZKXiKVoxSOlFPVBsDJXXwPAgM,
ckqhs1YME2xL0Ub3XcWpnA/watch/5//

Note: in order for the freenet link to work you must be running freenet
0.5, which you can get at http://freenetproject.org/download-old.html

<Standard note about freenet versions>

Don’t let the "old" part of that url worry you. Freenet developers are
working on a new version of freenet, 0.7 which is not compatible with
0.5 and is still very much in testing and serious development. Version
0.5 is still in use by a lots of people and will continue to be for a
long time to come.

</Standard note about freenet versions>

New Edition of Lastdays Watch

I have just completed and posted a new edition of Lastdays Watch titled “ Yet Another Step

In addition, Edition 3 of the freenet mirror of Lastdays Watch will be inserted tonight. The freenet URL is:

SSK@~7-CGZZKXiKVoxSOlFPVBsDJXXwPAgM,ckqhs1YME2xL0Ub3XcWpnA/watch/3//

Note: in order for the freenet link to work you must be running freenet 0.5, which you can get at http://freenetproject.org/download-old.html

Don’t let the “old” part of that url worry you. Freenet developers are working on a new version of freenet, 0.7 which is not compatible with 0.5 and is still very much in testing and serious development. Version 0.5 is still in use by a large number of people and will continue to be for some time to come.

I have been experimenting with 0.7 a little, and may add another mirror or Lastdays watch there but I have not decided yet since 0.7 requires a lot more uptime than 0.5 just now since most of the people I saw on IRC trading node refs were much more interested in trading with people who will be up 24/7.

I have no intention of having 0.7 running that much since I must run 0.5 to insert the freenet edition of lastdays watch and for reading Frost boards.

Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout

I can’t help but wonder why this old data is being re-classified. The cold war has been over for years now and the numbers of missiles that existed back then are certainly not relevant to anything today except as purely historical information.

Frankly, I have a problem with this because this information has not only been public for years and has ALREADY been provided to the former Soviet Union by the US Government itself!. Re-classifiying it makes no sense whatsoever and honestly I don’t believe that all of the publicly released copies of this data will ever be recovered. Especially once it’s been mirrored on dozens of web sites all over the internet. I fully expect people to use servers in other countries to do this, as well as probably inserting it into freenet where it’s origin cannot be traced and it cannot be removed or censored.

Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout
Documents Altered To Conceal Data

By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 21, 2006; Page A01
The Bush administration has begun designating as secret some information that the government long provided even to its enemy the former Soviet Union: the numbers of strategic weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War.

The Pentagon and the Department of Energy are treating as national security secrets the historical totals of Minuteman, Titan II and other missiles, blacking out the information on previously public documents, according to a new report by the National Security Archive. The archive is a nonprofit research library housed at George Washington University.

“It would be difficult to find more dramatic examples of unjustifiable secrecy than these decisions to classify the numbers of U.S. strategic weapons,” wrote William Burr, a senior analyst at the archive who compiled the report. ” . . . The Pentagon is now trying to keep secret numbers of strategic weapons that have never been classified before.”

The report comes at a time when the Bush administration’s penchant for government secrecy has troubled researchers and bred controversy over agency efforts to withhold even seemingly innocuous information. The National Archives was embroiled in scandal during the spring when it was disclosed that the agency had for years kept secret a reclassification program under which the CIA, the Air Force and other agencies removed thousands of records from public shelves.

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