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Microsoft Joins Google, Yahoo in Beefing up Encryption
by Karl Bode 09:39AM Thursday Dec 05 2013
Microsoft has belatedly joined Google and Yahoo in announcing they're significantly beefing up security and encryption efforts after recent revelations that the NSA had been stealing user data from their servers. According to a Microsoft blog post, Microsoft labels government wholesale data collection a " "advanced persistent threat," stating they've developed a broad plan that will involve improved encryption (server-to-server and customer encryption are to be in place by the end of next year), legal protections, and source code transparency.

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FisaWillOK

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Does it matter? MS will obey Fisa court orders

All well and good what Microsoft is doing. But MS will obey Fisa court orders to provide access to data to the NSA and they will muzzle themselves if ordered to do so by the courts. So far the courts will allow the spying to continue. All Microsoft's new policy will do is make a nice PR policy by claiming every thing they did was legal and approved by the courts.

MemphisPCGuy
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Re: Does it matter? MS will obey Fisa court orders

But at the very least FISA will have to get involved once the encryption is in place. Right now, why bother? Just turn on the Hoover and suck it all up.
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Took awhile to line up the hoops with the NSA

I'm sure their PR department spent countless hours crafting this new initiative with 10 year old technology upgraded with new buzzwords hidden in awesome looking new menus.. (do they still do that?)

This is the company that bought skype, rearranged it to make it easier to spy on and less secure, and spent millions advertising it to even more people. I don't even need to ask about your data entrusted with Microsoft because it is not secure in the actual meaning of the word, not the industry definition.
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Probitas

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Need a third part in a country outside their domain

Someone could set up server in a country the NSA can't reach or threaten, and people could funnel their services through that. The encryption could be provide there, so no FISA crap about releasing keys, get those flatfoot's to do some actual police work.

CrazyFingers

join:2003-10-01
Columbia, MO

Re: Need a third part in a country outside their domain

said by Probitas :

Someone could set up server in a country the NSA can't reach or threaten

So, China or Russia then?
No thanks, I'll just continue to use the internet under the assumption that everything I do is being recorded for future use against me in a court of law, or in a clandestine interrogation room.

At least the bread still tastes good and the circuses are entertaining.
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dra6o0n

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Re: Need a third part in a country outside their domain

The way the big 3 nations encroach the land, is no different to big corporate groups encroaching the area via monopolization...
In time, where would you go, if there is nowhere else?

Even if we do go to space, you'll still see capitalization develop along the way... I wouldn't be surprised if Aliens exist, they'd get pissed off at us.
vasta

join:2003-04-07
Orlando, FL

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Microsoft and Yahoo must've been warned about upcoming leaks or they are just taking precautions for possible leaks, unlike Google who started encrypting after they "suddenly" found out the NSA had access to their servers or whatever...encrypt to save face
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Etobicoke, ON

Re: .

said by vasta:

Microsoft and Yahoo must've been warned about upcoming leaks or they are just taking precautions for possible leaks, unlike Google who started encrypting after they "suddenly" found out the NSA had access to their servers or whatever...encrypt to save face

It was already known that the NSA was capturing traffic from Google and Yahoo's datacenters. Microsoft is playing catch up.

KrK
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Sure sucks when the Government just takes the data...

... instead of you charging them a handsome sum to give it to them.