[Dshield] Microsoft - Threat to National Security?

Sue Young smy at gcmlp.com
Fri Sep 26 15:30:23 GMT 2003


Too bad for them.  I was lucky enough to be at a computer security
conference where he spoke this
summer.  He's really good.  It'll hurt @stake more than it'll hurt him.
He's not going to be out
of work long.

Sue Young

-----Original Message-----
From: Jon R. Kibler [mailto:Jon.Kibler at aset.com] 
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 9:18 AM
To: General DShield Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Dshield] Microsoft - Threat to National Security?


Greetings:

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. 

	more...
	http://news.com.com/2102-1014_3-5082649.html?tag=ni_print


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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