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Re: How NSA access was built into Windows



On Sun, 2007-01-14 at 23:58 -0500, Claude Jones wrote:
> " A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access 
> codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built 
> into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the 
> Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and 
> its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations 
> earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an 
> NSA "help information" [local] trapdoor into its Notes system, and that 
> security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.
> 
> The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by 
> British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren. But it was only a few weeks ago when 
> a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the 
> evidence linking it to NSA.
> 
> Computer security specialists have been aware for two years that unusual 
> features are contained inside a standard Windows software "driver" used for 
> security and encryption functions. The driver, called 
> ADVAPI.DLL,.........snip"
> 
> The rest is here: http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/5/5263/1.html

Dread this... I just went to that site and the link to the how-to to
undo the keys resulted in:
Not Found
The requested URL /hottopics/msft-nsa/ReplaceNsaKey.zip was not found on
this server.

"How's that for your commie conspiracy?" - 
General Jack Ripper, in "Dr. Strangelove"

""Fear and Loathing in Crypto-Land" <evil cackles> Ric

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