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[liberationtech] U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Fri Jun 14 04:14:16 PDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at> wrote:
> Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software company, provides intelligence
> agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it
> publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process.

An interesting article, showing why “responsible disclosure” of
exploitable bugs is a bad idea.

> While companies are offered powerful inducements to cooperate with U.S.
> intelligence, many executives are motivated by patriotism or a sense they are
> defending national security, the people familiar with the trusted partner
> programs said.

Since this is essentially recruitment (wonder why Bloomberg doesn't
use the term), it makes sense for non-US intelligence services to
recruit disgruntled lower-ranking managers to provide the same
information, as well. Should be easy, since no treason / classified
information is involved.

Maxim Kammerer
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