BitLocker, Computers and Internet, Encryption, Microsoft, Security, Trust

commoditizing the shaft

Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai wrote about BitLocker and our conversations with government agencies. Excerpt below:

“Fuck, you guys are giving us the shaft,” the agent said, according to Biddle and the Microsoft engineer, who were both present at the meeting. (Though Biddle insisted he didn’t remember which agency he spoke with, he said he remembered this particular exchange.)

Biddle wasn’t intimidated. “No, we’re not giving you the shaft, we’re merely commoditizing the shaft,” he responded.

Biddle, a believer in what he refers to as “neutral technology,” never agreed to put a backdoor in BitLocker. And other Microsoft engineers, when rumors spread that there was one, later denied that was ever a possibility.

Full article:
Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?

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One thought on “commoditizing the shaft

  1. Ian says:

    Peter Biddle,

    I am currently writing an article regarding “Palladium” and wonder if you would be so kind as to answer a few questions of mine? I would much prefer to correspond through e-mail.

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