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Microsoft joins move to encrypt Web traffic

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Posted December 9, 2013
Microsoft's move follows similar actions by Google and Yahoo
Microsoft’s move follows similar actions by Google and Yahoo
Microsoft is joining the movement to encrypt traffic that flows across its networks, citing “serious concerns” about government surveillance.

The move by Microsoft follows similar actions by Google and Yahoo in the wake of revelations of vast online surveillance programs led by the US National Security Agency.

“Like many others, we are especially alarmed by recent allegations in the press of a broader and concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures – and in our view, legal processes and protections – in order to surreptitiously collect private customer data,” Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in a blog post late Wednesday.

“If true, these efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications.

“Indeed, government snooping potentially now constitutes an ‘advanced persistent threat,’ alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks.”

Smith said Microsoft said decided to “take immediate and coordinated action” to expand encryption across its services.

Read more at: Phys.org

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