The Chinese odyssey with Microsoft’s newest operating system continues. And how! It emerged earlier today that the government recommend authorities in the Jiangsu province to cancel orders for computers running Windows 8.
And soon after that a local IT expert warned that Windows 8 is a risk to national security, as it allows US agencies the ability to remotely access data stored on these machines. On TV, obviously. China’s CCTV television channel.
The story does not end here, though.
Microsoft is also accused of not allowing the central government access to the Windows 8 source code in order to detect whether any malicious tools are hidden or not.
This is what Yang Min, a professor at Fudan University in China said on the matter:
“Microsoft would no longer open its Windows 8 source code to the Chinese government, however the security scheme of the Windows 8 operating system is designed to provide better access for Microsoft to users’ database. For China it’s a big challenge for our cybersecurity.”
Another expert, Ni Guangnam, opined that Windows 8 can be used to access all sorts of records, from contact details to phone numbers, even user identities:
“Your identity, account, contact book, phone numbers, all this data can be put together for big data analysis. The US has a law that requires anyone that has this data to report to the government. The data might be a good way for the US to monitor other countries.”
Last time I checked Windows 7 was also made by Microsoft, and few, if any, have problems with that operating system. But I guess this is the world we live in these days.
It is a slippery slope, really it is. And while there is no statement from Redmond on this regard yet, there is every chance that company officials are keeping an eye on these, rather troubling, developments.