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Microsoft admits its data centers are vulnerable to NSA spying

Microsoft Data Centers NSA

Although Google has said that it’s deployed end-to-end encryption between its data centers to keep out the prying eyes of the National Security Agency, it doesn’t seem as though Microsoft has done any such thing just yet. Wired reports that Microsoft executive Dorothee Belz said this week that Microsoft’s “server-to-server transportation is generally not encrypted,” which is why the company is “currently reviewing our security system.” This is a concern because documents leaked by Edward Snowden recently showed how the NSA was able to hack into Google and Yahoo’s data centers to breaking into their main communications links between their private clouds and the public Internet. If Microsoft hasn’t yet implemented the server-to-server encryption that Google has implemented, this means its private data servers are wide open to NSA hacking.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.