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No Backdoor In Vista, Microsoft Promises

Microsoft last week denied rumors that it was leaving a backdoor open in the upcoming Windows Vista so that government authorities could access files encrypted with the new BitLocker technology.

In a blog entry on MSDN, Microsoft developer and cryptographer Niels Ferguson said that such talk was unfounded.

"Over my dead body," Ferguson wrote.

"Back doors are simply not acceptable. Besides, they wouldn't find anybody on this team willing to implement and test the back door."

Ferguson was responding to a report last month by the BBC that claimed the British government's Home Office was "in talks with Microsoft" over BitLocker Drive Encryption, a technology in some, though not all, of the Vista versions planned for later this year. BitLocker can be used in conjunction with USB "tokens" to lock (and unlock) a hard drive's contents.

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