Security expert who called ubiquity of Microsoft software a national security risk fired

“A computer security expert who contributed to a paper deeply critical of Microsoft has been dismissed by his employer, a consulting company that works closely with the software giant,” John Borland reports for CNET News.com.

Dan Geer, a longtime computer security researcher along with several colleagues released a study this past Wednesday that “called the ubiquity of Microsoft software a hazard to the economy and to national security,” Borland reports. “Cambridge, Mass-based @Stake, where Geer worked as chief technical officer, said in a statement Thursday that the researcher had not gotten his employers’ approval for the study’s release, and that he was no longer associated with the company.”

A Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft had nothing to do with Geer’s dismissal, according to Borland’s report.

Full article here.

32 Comments

  1. “A Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft had nothing to do with Geer’s dismissal, according to Borland’s report.”

    ahuh….yeah, right. They’ve had nothing to do with a lot things in the past. Verging on angelic one could almost assert.

  2. Toll Troll: Sure does. It shows somebody really was bothered about the report within the walls of Redmond. It also goes to show how deep their reach really goes. Beware the government-software complex.

  3. A Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft had nothing to do with Geer’s dismissal, according to Borland’s report.

    Is the MSFT spokesperson indicating merely that they did not pressure @Stake to sack Geer? Regardless of the answer, that comment is absurd – of course Microsoft had everthing to do with Geer’s dismissal!

    With MSFT being a large client, paranoia at @stake that they might lose favor with Microsoft would be considered “something to do with Geer’s dismissal.”

  4. I am willing to bet that @Stake is deep in bed with Microsoft. @Stake has probably in the past been practicing and preaching the Windows world. Now one of their own contradicts what @Stake in preaching, get rid of the rogue minister so to speak.

    I am a fan of computer integration not racism.

  5. Oh it’s all corporate politics. Simple as that. All they got to do is threaten the contract at hand (pulling out multi-million dollar contract) and hang up the phone. It’s done.

  6. Why does a 3rd party know more about the vulnerabilities than the company who owns and has the source code? Why does Symantec write antivirus software and Microsoft doesn’t just put that software into the OS ? WHAT AM I MISSING HERE. Are the bright people at Microsoft that clueless?

  7. Why does a 3rd party know more about the vulnerabilities than the company who owns and has the source code? Why does Symantec write antivirus software and Microsoft doesn’t just put that software into the OS ? WHAT AM I MISSING HERE. Are the bright people at Microsoft that clueless? or is Microsoft keeping the OS vulnerable to “CREATE” a market for antivirus software?

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