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Spy agency help Microsoft build Vista

It may have been a good move to get some hardcore security guys involved in the development of Vista, but a lot of people are going to question why Microsoft looked to the NSA, which has been under fire recently for spying on people at the request of the Bush Administration.

Adding fuel to the upcoming fire…

The Redmond, Wash., software maker declined to be specific about the contributions the NSA made to secure the Windows operating system.

Then again, maybe the idea was to position the upcoming operating system to be used by political bloggers, and/or throw a bone to the 110th Congress…

The NSA also declined to be specific but said it used two groups — a “red team” and a “blue team” — to test Vista’s security. The red team, for instance, posed as “the determined, technically competent adversary” to disrupt, corrupt or steal information. “They pretend to be bad guys,” Sager said. The blue team helped Defense Department system administrators with Vista’s configuration .

So the “blue team” were the good guys.

I guess I’m wondering whether the only one that is going to turn out bad or good is the Microsoft PR Team, when the whole concept spins in or out of control.

UPDATE: Bruce Schneier asks: Is this a good idea or not?

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