Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Windows 7: Good Enough For Chinese Spies, Now Banned at Google

Windows 7 is supposed to be Microsoft's best offering in years. The Chinese spies who spend their careers attempting to find back doors into American technology probably think so. But with a nearly complete dearth of publicity, it's just become public that Google effectively banned Windows 7 from its corporate headquarters five months ago.

According to Financial Times, Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft's Windows operating system because of security concerns.

The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally.
New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”
Let's see if I have this right. Google, one of the most advanced technology firms in the world, and unarguably expert in PC security, is unable to protect its systems running Windows from Chinese hackers. So they are switching to Mac and Linux. Linux, for Pete's sake!

You, on the other hand, are safe. Nothing to worry about.

Nothing at all.

Just go ahead, reboot.

Right. Dream on.

PT Barnum had it about right. MSFT proves the point every day.

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