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Friday, November 29, 2013
Microsoft, Yahoo Take Measures Against Hackers
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden got Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to upgrade computer security against hackers.
The companies are adopting safer code to protect their networks
and data, after years of largely rebuffing calls from the White
House and privacy advocates to improve security. The new
measures come after documents from Snowden revealed how U.S.
spy programs gain access to the companies' customer data.
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook provide data to the
government under court orders. At the same time, they are
trying to prevent the NSA from gaining unauthorized access to
information flowing between computer servers by using
The NSA has tapped fiber-optic cables abroad to siphon data
from Google and Yahoo, circumvented or cracked encryption, and
introduced weaknesses and back doors into coding, according to
reports in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the
U.K.'s Guardian newspaper based on Snowden documents.
Microsoft's networks and services were allegedly hacked by the
NSA, the Washington Post reported Nov. 26. Documents disclosed
by Snowden suggest that the NSA targeted Microsoft's Hotmail
and Windows Live Messenger services.