It's WIndows itself that is the backdoor, these days.
Microsoft has opened a technology centre in China to reassure Beijing it does not have backdoors in its software. The so-called Transparency Centre is the third Redmond has opened to reassure governments that Microsoft's wares are secure. Redmond's trustworthy computing corporate veep Scott Charney says the centre will allow …
Actually, it is a good thing, as such, and they should open it to the world.
Problem is that the whole design of Windows is security through obscurity. Besides, Windows is one humongous monolithic hay stack ... how they are supposed to make sense of that lump is beyond me, I mean, even Redmond dev's with 10+ years of experience cannot make sense of it ...
The only way it would be true that releasing source code would compromise national security would be if Windows had a built in backdoor. There were rumors about that (remember the NSAKEY furor?) but obviously if they knew they would be releasing source code they would remove or do some heroic obfuscation to that backdoor.
I wonder just how much Microsoft had to, err, "sponsor" people to get its software even considered for use, because the rate at which they NEED patching means that the Chinese have to choose between "backdoor free but hackable" and "no idea but it patched at least this latest problem".
On the plus side, it will indeed provide employment for many. At the rate their software needs patching you probably need something the size of FOXCONN with software engineers just to keep up..
They aren't as worried about back doors as they are other things. For instance, The Chinese, like other governments do most of their classified work on non-public connecting networks. So they aren't too worried here. However, due to their tireless efforts hacking into corporate and other government systems, they may be more concerned something is coded in Windows allowing the US government to trace malicious packets back to them, to identify them definitively when they commit such acts.
...not that US Intel agencies really need this technology }:>
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