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Microsoft Giving Russia Access to Code

Software giant Microsoft is giving the Russian government access to its secret source code for Windows operating systems as part of a global effort to improve information security, company officials said Monday. “This is a very big step,” said Olga Dergunova, managing director of Microsoft’s Moscow office. The company will reveal the “architecture and principles” behind Windows, she said, in what analysts say is an effort to keep governments from switching to cheaper alternatives. Russia is the first country to sign on to Microsoft’s “Government Security Program” – which allows countries to review the secret code and evaluate the software’s ability to withstand attacks. Full Story

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