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May 1, 2009 / gus3

Microsoft: Tool of Terrorists

One of the big arguments against Free Software is the supposedly inherent insecurity of publicly-available encryption systems: “If it can be studied by anyone, it can be cracked by anyone!”, implying that Free Software was a tool of terrorists and other criminals. Yet right now, I see this very telling headline from Associated Press:

Al-Qaida used Hotmail, simple codes in planning

In the timeframe before 9/11, Hotmail was a Microsoft-owned service. The article seems to dodge this salient fact, but Wikipedia comes through for us on this one.

So who’s the real tool for terrorism?


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