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Microsoft Calls Government Spying an ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’

• David Gilbert, IBT

Microsoft has likened governmental spying on its customers' data to sophisticated malware and other cyber threats, joining Google and Yahoo by announcing it will encrypt all content travelling between its data centres.

The technology giant has announced a series of moves it is taking in a bid to restore customers' faith in its ability to keep information out of the hands of any governments looking to monitor it. 

On the official Microsoft blog, Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith said: "We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data."

The post was written in response to revelations of widespread spying by the US and UK governments on citizens around the world following top secret NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. However it was the specific revelations revealed in October that the NSA was tapping into the data travelling between data centres belonging to some of the world's biggest technology companies which moved Microsoft into action it seems.


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