07/30/2014

Russia wants now also Apple to give its source code, Microsoft does since 2003

"The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media suggested on Tuesday that Apple should reveal its source codes to Russian experts.

 

Ministry officials voiced concerns about information leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden during a meeting on Tuesday with Apple's regional director Peter Engrob, and Vyacheslav Orekhovy, regional head of European software corporation SAP.

 

"Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and the public statements of U.S. intelligence services about increased Russia surveillance in 2014 have called into question the reliability of foreign software and hardware," Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said in a statement.

 

"It is obvious that those companies that disclose the source codes of their programs are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to cooperate with Russia in this regard may have products with undeclared capabilities," he added, noting Microsoft has been offering up its source codes since 2003.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-suggest...

while we were worrying about the NSA having access to all the code of the US companies and things like that - because if you have all the code, than it is easier to find bugs and exploit them and test attacks that you may want to develop without informing anyone because you have the perfect total test environment

Russia (and who else) has the full Microsoft code

it now wants the one from Apple

Maybe it can say that it will let its civil servants use Ipads again because for the moment only Samsung is allowed because they are safer (or did they give the source code)

it is also interestint to link this with the article about the undocumented backdoors in Apple code that have been discovered recently

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