[Dshield] Microsoft - Threat to National Security?

Jon R. Kibler Jon.Kibler at aset.com
Fri Sep 26 14:17:48 GMT 2003


I believe this falls under the category "You have the right to free speech as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it."

	Microsoft Critic Dismissed by @Stake

	A computer security expert who contributed to a paper deeply critical 
	of Microsoft has been dismissed by his employer, a consulting company 
	that works closely with the software giant. 

	Dan Geer, a longtime computer security researcher, and several colleagues 
	released a controversial study on Wednesday that called the ubiquity of 
	Microsoft software a hazard to the economy and to national security. 
	Although independently financed and researched, the study was distributed 
	by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a 
	Washington-based trade association largely made up of Microsoft's rivals. 

	Cambridge, Mass-based @Stake, where Geer worked as chief technical officer, 
	said in a statement Thursday that the researcher had not gotten his 
	employers' approval for the study's release, and that he was no longer 
	associated with the company. 


Jon R. Kibler
A.S.E.T., Inc.
Charleston, SC  USA

Kenton Smith wrote:
> Has anyone else had a chance to read this report regarding how
> Microsoft's monopoly position makes it a national security threat? I'd
> be curious to hear other people's take on this. I'm still trying to come
> up with something coherent, it's certainly controversial, I'll give it
> that.
> Go here and click on the Read Report link -
> http://www.ccianet.org/index.php3
> Please don't make this an o/s war thread, that's not in anyone's best
> interest.
> Kenton
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