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05.26.11

US Government (and Allies) Uses Microsoft Windows to Attack Other Nations

Posted in Site News at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Co-authored with G. Forbes

Proprietary software is technological warfare

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Summary: A faint Stuxnet admission helps show that the use of Windows is not guaranteed to respect national security of nations other than the United States

“Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet” is the sort of report we are always hoping for. It further exposes not only distressing government involvement with regards to technology but also reinforces the very real dangers of Windows and by relation other proprietary Microsoft software. Wired has covered this special report:

In “CodeWars: America’s Cyber Threat,” correspondent Melissa Lee asks Lynn outright: “Was the U.S. involved in any way in the development of Stuxnet?”

Lynn’s response is long enough that an inattentive viewer might not notice that it doesn’t answer the question.

“The challenges of Stuxnet, as I said, what it shows you is the difficulty of any, any attribution and it’s something that we’re still looking at, it’s hard to get into any kind of comment on that until we’ve finished our examination,” Lynn replies.

“But sir, I’m not asking you if you think another country was involved,” Lee presses. “I’m asking you if the U.S. was involved. If the Department of Defense was involved.”

“And this is not something that we’re going to be able to answer at this point,” Lynn finally says.

For background, also see:

  1. Ralph Langner Says Windows Malware Possibly Designed to Derail Iran’s Nuclear Programme
  2. Windows Viruses Can be Politically Motivated Sometimes
  3. Who Needs Windows Back Doors When It’s So Insecure?
  4. Windows Insecurity Becomes a Political Issue
  5. Windows, Stuxnet, and Public Stoning
  6. Stuxnet Grows Beyond Siemens-Windows Infections
  7. Has BP Already Abandoned Windows?
  8. Reports: Apple to Charge for (Security) Updates
  9. Windows Viruses Can be Politically Motivated Sometimes
  10. New Flaw in Windows Facilitates More DDOS Attacks
  11. Siemens is Bad for Industry, Partly Due to Microsoft
  12. Microsoft Security Issues in The British Press, Vista and Vista 7 No Panacea
  13. Microsoft’s Negligence in Patching (Worst Amongst All Companies) to Blame for Stuxnet
  14. Microsoft Software: a Darwin Test for Incompetence
  15. Bad September for Microsoft Security, Symantec Buyout Rumours
  16. Microsoft Claims Credit for Failing in Security
  17. Many Windows Servers Being Abandoned; Minnesota Goes the Opposite Direction by Giving Microsoft Its Data
  18. Windows Users Still Under Attack From Stuxnet, Halo, and Zeus
  19. Security Propaganda From Microsoft: Villains Become Heroes
  20. Security Problems in iOS and Windows
  21. Eye on Security: BBC Propaganda, Rootkits, and Stuxnet in Iran’s Nuclear Facilities
  22. Eye on Security: ClamAV Says Windows is a Virus, Microsoft Compromises Mac OS X, and Stuxnet Runs Wild
  23. Windows Kernel Vulnerability for Thanksgiving, Insecurity Used for Surveillance Again
  24. Cablegate Reveals Government Requesting Access to Microsoft Data, Kill Switches
  25. Use Microsoft Windows, Get Assassinated
  26. Iran Shows the Downside of Using Proprietary Software
  27. Whitewashing Inherent Windows Flaws
  28. Politically-motivated Proprietary Software
  29. When Windows Kills

Remember that the NSA, which also provided Microsoft-friendly Web statistics a few months back, recommends Vista 7 [1, 2, 3], secretly because the back doors are ‘free’, as in free of charge, with all editions. It will probably recommend Vista 8 as well. Unfortunately for Microsoft and the NSA, Windows is losing its foothold. Cringely writes about the falling usage in “Steve Ballmer’s Nightmare”:

Ballmer confirmed back in January that the next major version of Windows would have a version for power-sipping ARM processors, which are mainly installed in smart phones and tablet computers. He reinforced this idea more recently by explicitly saying Windows 8 would run on all the hardware platforms Microsoft currently supports right down to phones, calling the next version of Windows Microsoft’s “riskiest yet. ”

Ballmer is correct: Windows 8 is make-or-break for Microsoft.

Envision a world where everyone used programs with source code that could be audited. It certainly would make Microsoft’s and some of the NSA’s deceptions nearly impossible to say the least.

In today’s news we find that “North Korea [is going] to have its own laptops” and “the laptops could be running on “Red Star”, an operating system based on Linux developed by the North Koreans.”

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    May 27, 2011 at 2:31 am

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    so Windows is what you want your enemies to use. How can the US pull ahead and drop Windows while keeping up the high levels of use in other nations? The dogfooding is probably causing harm that outweighs the benefits.

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