Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds • The Register

There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA‘s Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft’s involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others.

Documents seen by The Guardian detail how the NSA became concerned when Microsoft started testing Outlook.com, and asked for access. In five months Microsoft and the FBI created a workaround that gives the NSA access to encrypted chats on Outlook.com. The system went live in December last year – two months before Outlook.com’s commercial launch. Those Outlook users not enabling encryption get their data slurped as a matter of course, the documents show. “For Prism collection againstHotmail, Live, and Outlook.com emails will be unaffected because Prism collects this data prior to encryption,” an NSA newsletter states.

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