Microsoft’s Response to NSA Backdoor Allegations: It’s Not True. It’s Also Complicated. We Can’t Explain It, but We Wish We Could.


The Guardianrecently released another report in the seemingly never-ending saga surrounding the NSA’s Prism program.

The latest article contends that The Guardian has gotten its hands on documents that apparently detail cooperation between Microsoft, the FBI and the NSA to make it easy for security agencies to keep an eye on communications facilitated by various Microsoft products.

Here are the bullet points from The Guardian‘s article:

The documents show that:

• Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;

• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;

• The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

• Microsoft also worked…

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