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    Responding to a UK government request, Microsoft says that it will not be adding any kind of backdoor into Windows Vista, which might allow law enforcement officials bypass the system's encryption-based controls. The UK had been asking for a backdoor so that it could access information stored on Vista-formatted hard drives owned by criminals.

    "Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows," a Microsoft representative said. Niels Ferguson, a cryptography expert at Microsoft took the argument a bit further late last week in a blog posting. "The suggestion is that we are working with governments to create a back door so that they can always access BitLocker-encrypted data," he wrote. "Over my dead body."

    BitLocker is a new feature in Windows Vista that allows the user to encrypt an entire hard drive. Previously known as Full Drive Encryption, BitLocker will protect data on a disk from being read if the PC is stolen or lost.

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  • #2
    That's good I guess.
    On the other hand, they would say that, wouldn't they?
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    Colin Frei

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    • #3
      Of course
      MCSE, MVP, CCIE
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      • #4
        I dunno if i would believe them....They can say whatever they want!!

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        • #5
          Always assume there is a back door.

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          • #6
            Exactly right!!!!!!

            Knowing how Dirty MS has gotton,they are just saying that probably to try and throw people off!!!!

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            • #7
              These days its really hard for businesses to get away with the saying one thing and going against it.

              If a backdoor is found, you can be sure it will not be let go quietly. Some M$ haters have to come to terms with the fact that Microsoft is a multinational company under the eyes of many stakeholders. They are not going to be fast to jeapordize that by making an official press release stating clearly one thing, and then doing something unethical like...lieing

              But, that is not to say that they will not make available some conveniences that will allow them validate the integrity of the operating system and computer. They just won't let the government utilize these conveniences at their free will. (as stated).

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              • #8
                I can't drum up the reference for it right now, but I remember reading something at least two years ago about how an act relating specifically to the DHS mandated by law that backdoors had to be built into OSes for government access (using the proper warrant, of course). Curiously, never heard much about it after that.
                "I can't seem to bring myself to say, 'Well, I guess I'll be toddling along.'
                It isn't that I can't toddle. It's that I can't guess I'll toddle."

                --Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

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                • #9
                  Forget about micro**** and use Linux, if you care about security and privacy.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sensimilla
                    Forget about micro**** and use Linux, if you care about security and privacy.
                    I gave it a try, I really did. I spent weeks searching for drivers on the net and trying to get the damn thing to do what I wanted it to do but in the end I was back on XP.

                    Maybe I should try more distros, hard to do on dial-up... On the desktop linux hasn't worked for me up to this point...maybe it'll be up to par in a few more years.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sensimilla
                      Forget about micro**** and use Linux, if you care about security and privacy.
                      Right, linux is so much more secure

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                      • #12
                        A box, be it windows or a distro. of linux is only as secure as you make it, it's as simple as that.

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                        • #13
                          I thought MS was required by the US Government to do this?
                          Plan, Do, Check, Act!

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                          • #14
                            Microsoft is a multi-national company. It's not impossible for them to distribute different versions for US and the UK. If I recall correctly, current versions of Windows have a built-in private key for NSA.
                            :)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DirectPixel
                              It's not impossible for them to distribute different versions for US and the UK.
                              What is Vista Basic N then? It is available only in the EU and doesn't include Windows Media Player.

                              Quite easy for them to make different versions for different regions. They have been doing it for over 20 years now.
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