News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / World Wide Web / Report: Microsoft Aided NSA Decoding
Is your endpoint data protected?
Guardian Reports Microsoft Aided NSA in Decoding Data
Guardian Reports Microsoft Aided NSA in Decoding Data
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JULY
12
2013


Microsoft helped the U.S. National Security Agency intercept users' communications and unwrap the company's own encryption. That's one of the new revelations about the interaction between American technology companies and the NSA from the Guardian newspaper, which has been publishing revelations from documents provided by Edward Snowden, who worked for an NSA contractor and is currently a fugitive.

In a report published Thursday, the Guardian said the documents show the NSA was helped in circumventing Microsoft's encryption because the agency was concerned that it would not be able to intercept chats conducted on the new Outlook.com. The newspaper said this was not Microsoft's first step toward assisting NSA around the company's encryption, as the agency already had "pre-encryption stage access" to e-mail sent via Outlook.com, including Hotmail.

In 2013, Microsoft worked with the FBI to allow NSA access to the company's SkyDrive cloud storage service, according to the documents. Additionally, Microsoft reportedly helped the FBI's Data Interception Unit address any issues with Outlook.com's feature that allowed users to create e-mail aliases. The NSA's Prism, the documents said, commonly shared its collection information with the FBI and the CIA, a routine activity that was described as a "team sport."

Tripling Skype Capability

Although it's not yet clear if it is related to Microsoft's May 2011 purchase of VoIP communications company Skype, the NSA noted in the documents in July 2012 that it had obtained a new capability for tripling its ability to collect Skype video calls through its recently revealed Prism surveillance program.

Microsoft has issued a statement that its upgrading or updating of products does not absolve itself "from the need to comply with existing or future lawful demands." It repeated its previous position that it delivers information about its users "only in response to government demands and we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers," rather than access to broad swatches of bulk information.

However, Microsoft has previously taken the position that it did not know about Prism's existence, and that it did not provide the NSA or other intelligence agencies with special access to users' information.

'Direct Access'

The extent of the NSA's Prism program is being unveiled layer by layer. The newest report adds to other reports last month that the NSA has claimed it has "direct access" to information about users through a number of major technology companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo.

The legal basis for such data searches is based on blanket orders from a post-9/11 secret court that allows such information-gathering without individual warrants if the NSA believes there is a better-than-50-percent chance that the target is not a citizen of the U.S. and is not on U.S. soil. Individual warrants are required if the target is an American citizen. Data collection of a U.S. citizen's communications are permitted without a warrant if the communications involve a target who is a non-citizen and who is outside the country.

Read more on: Microsoft, NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden
Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN WORLD WIDE WEB
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.