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Forum Post: Business Profits over U.S. national security

Posted 3 weeks ago on Nov. 4, 2021, 4:43 a.m. EST by grapes (5232)
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How did Red China crackers know so much about Microsoft systems?

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cisa-issues-sweeping-federal-directive-government-cybersecurity/story?id=80949645

Bill Gates boasted that he could walk through airport security and bypass cyberinfo control easily. Red China got the SOURCE CODE of the Microsoft Windows operating system as a condition for Microsoft doing business in Red China. The U.S. Government uses huge number of Microsoft computers.

Business profits over national security.

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[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 weeks ago

Microsoft is a tenderizer for the U.S. Government: there are numerous vulnerabilities in Microsoft computers used by the U.S.

U.S. Corporations had long hush-hushed data breaches. The N.S.A. knew of the vulnerabilities but they were working in intelligence, not in commerce. Knowing of the backdoors and not alerting the owners to shut them allowed the N.S.A. to have a greater intelligence capability.

The N.S.A. toed the line even shortly before the 9/11/2001 attack. As for a real cyberwar between nation states, year 2007 had such a first nation-state war.

Things could have been different. As a student peeking through the crack in the Iron Curtain during 1970s' Détente after the U.S. intervention which had headed off a nuclear war between Red China and the Soviet Union, I knew a bit about some of Russia's qualities, then part of the Soviet Union. It pains me that Russia had to go through this unnecessary suffering despite its being the first country coming out with a vaccine -- the Sputnik V.