Microsoft Slams US Government as ‘persistent threat’ to Customer Security

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  1. dgstorm

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    It seems that Microsoft isn't fooling around anymore and is fed up with the NSA. Microsoft just joined Google and Yahoo in beefing up security against the U.S. National Security Agency. The Redmond based company just went into overdrive to increase end-to-end encryption for its data center Internet traffic after finding out that the NSA can now hack into major tech companies’ data centers.

    Microsoft has taken things a step further by publicly calling out the U.S. Government and categorizing them as an “advanced persistent threat” to its customers’ security. This is the same designation Microsoft normally uses only “for foreign state-sponsored cyber terrorists.”

    It's truly frightening and sad when our own government is lumped in with organizations/countries like Iran, Al Qaida and The Taliban.

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    Lol, talk about a waste of resources. If nsa wants to get inside it will no matter if you want them or not. With all due respect to microsoft, but this is out of their league. What public sees and reads in open media is only a tip of an iceberg.
     
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    Well, Microsoft--along with Apple--is an “advanced persistent threat” to innovation in the marketplace. I'm not going to praise them for this with the continued idiocy we get from them on other points.
     
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    No matter what happens, the NSA is a well-known threat to any business in the technology field.
    With the NSA forcing access by illegal application of unconstitutional powers, everybody knows they must be reigned in and their spying ability forced to a complete stop.
    Any company that stands up for the privacy of others, can't be too bad, correct?
    We all love to have Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as Google. The fact remains, the more companies join in the fight to stop the NSA's spying, the better we all will be from the fight.
    Everybody must join and support organizations such as E.F.F to assist in this ongoing struggle to regain our individual right to privacy, far from the prying eyes and ears of the federal government.
    The more we sit back and wait, the worse things will become, as evic=dent by the most recent attacks on even more privacy issues as they pertain to Obama Care (A.C.A) and the corruption of same with the IRS.
    I wish Microsoft would push the courts, along with senators like Rand Paul, to put a halt to such aggressive intrusions into personal data mining.
    Google needs to stand up to nanny fed also. The IT world, as well as the remainder of the tech businesses need to stand firm and stop bowing down to these predatory acts of data aggression as I label this.
    I am not certain how this will all play out in the near future, but one can hope that something good and beneficial will arise from the smoldering ashes of freedom, I just hope it will not actually be OUR freedom we need to worry about!
     
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    I know I am going to be an outlier here, but if the NSA wants to monitor my anything, I don't really see where it matters. I think the sense of security from the old days has been long gone for awhile, people just refuse to accept it. There really is no privacy anymore.

    I have my whole life in the cloud, and if anyone wants to come and take it that is fine by me. I prefer the convenience of accessing everything I need from any device over worrying about who or what is "spying" on me.

    Nothing to hide here, and no over-whelming need to protect information that is already gathered in more databases than I care to count. I will take even the smallest chance of them stopping any attacks here locally by doing what they are, rather than security my Interweb cookies.
     
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    The constitution and bill of rights were written based on 18th century technology and moral values.
    We now live in the 21st century with its technology and moral values.
    The biggest problem comes because those that are deemed to interpret the laws are trying to marry the 2 together while trying to get re-elected or remain in power by doing the will of the majority of the people.
    Never before has this nation been so evenly divided over the definition of what the government can/cannot do, should/should not do. Never before has this nation had such a mess in its elected offices that are supposed to protect the people from harm while guaranteeing their right to privacy while at the same time fighting against an enemy more determined ,and capable than ever, bent on destruction of those freedoms and this nation.
    The will of the people is about 50/50 , no matter the issue we face about security vs freedom and that in and of itself brings a boat load of unintended consequences that are exacerbated by a media trying to get the most sensational stories possible into the lives of as many people as possible.


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    Yeah Microsoft, I believe you just about as much as I believe Yahoo and Google. Say what you will to save face in the media but your actions speak louder than words. Each company (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, etc) are tirelessly prying into our personal lives and offering new "features" in the name of convenience.

    Take Google for example, they have been the most vocal against the NSA in regards to users privacy yet they are forcing us on Youtube to link our Gmail account in order to post comments (in essence forcing us to use our real name on the site). They are also forcing users to create a Google+ account to use some features on the play store.

    I dropped Facebook a few months back due to privacy concerns and Google will be soon to follow. Just like our current administration I am so sick of the Lies Lies Lies. Unfortunately though most people seem to just sit back and believe everything they are spoon fed to them through the media.
     
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    You guys make some excellent points. It is definitely a far more complicated world than it used to be...
     
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    You can still get around the Youtube/gmail link and continue using your original youtube display name, but they make it a hassle to do so and you still have to select which you want to use every time you post. With that said, what's far more ridiculous is that Google scans your email in order to "better tailor" ads to suit your needs. Whatever the purpose, it's still ridiculous.

    Seems it's hard for anyone to stay pure in regards to their claimed ideals when that much money on the line. I do see the need to protect privacy, and we shouldn't have to give that up to function in the electronic age. If Google provided physical mailboxes I don't think anyone would be okay with having his or her mail scanned on each occasion that something new is received.

    I've already spoken my piece on MS. Grand if they want to pursue this, but they have issues they need to correct in-house themselves.
     
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    In a moral society when the question came up those making the decision would err on the side of citizen privacy.
    The reality of today is cash is king, be it in the private sector or government. An arguing congress and president is more profitable for both the elected officials and the corporations injecting their lobbyists into the mix.
    I sometimes post a photo of a cyborg with Google swag placed upon it and when I do so it is not in jest. You could replace the Google logos with many other corporations and it'd be the same reality.
    Some say if you've done nothing wrong you've got nothing to hide. This may be true today but who will decide tomorrow if what today is deemed right is now wrong. Constitutional law would protect that from happening but America is now trying to decide if it wants constitutional law or something else instead. The patriot act is a great example of the battle of privacy vs security that has been divisive since day 1.
    Something else that came up this week was whether or not to renew the ban on plastic guns. What is the greater good, the right to have one or protect the citizens from them being used for harm?

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    The idea behind real names on Youtube comes from the idea that if you remove anonymity the troll posts will stop (can't remember where I read this, but I've seen it multiple places).

    Did everyone forget that MS, Google, Yahoo were all fine with this until it was made public? These companies don't care about your privacy.
     
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    Always spoken like a true scholar! I always like hearing your opinions Mark. I do find it interesting that you have large companies who try to slap the Govts hand for doing that, but with their other hand do the exact same thing that they slam the govt for. I suppose I would imagine both are equally wrong. At the same time, anyone who knows technology knows that is happening. Its conscious decision you simply have to make. If you want the benefits, and if so, if the cost (your freedom) is worth it. Basically, if a company gives you a great product, and they don't sell it to you, then you are the product.
     
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