McAfee caused Microsoft to cause Google to leave China?
Written by Gordon Fecyk, 1/16/2010
MICROSOFT CAUSED GOOGLE TO CONSIDER LEAVING CHINA this week. It sounds absurd, doesn't it? Google is one of Microsoft's strongest competitors. But if you read the mainstream press and believe the likes of Dmitri Alperovitch from McAfee, a noted anti-virus firm, then Microsoft is the harbinger of doom for freedom and democracy in China.
Right. And Microsoft caused the earthquake in Haiti this week, too.
The logic goes like this:
The most obvious problem is neither McAfee staff member explained how to guard against the vulnerability. Aside from, of course, updating your copy of their after-the-fact anti-virus product. We already know this doesn't work against Kurtz's vaunted zero-day vulnerabilities. By comparison, Microsoft had no problem telling you:
Data Execution Protection (DEP) is enabled by default in Internet Explorer 8 on the following Windows operating systems: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and Windows 7.
Translation: If you are running a current version of Windows, a current version of Internet Explorer, and have not messed with the default security settings, you stopped this thing cold. If you weren't doing all of those things, well, that's not Microsoft's fault.
The second, not-so-obvious problem comes from the People's Republic of China itself. China requires all foreign technology firms, including McAfee, to follow their rules. And since 2001 at the very latest, McAfee trades in malware with China.
That sounds just as absurd as suggesting Microsoft caused Google to consider leaving China. But put these statements together:
So by Kurtz's admission, McAfee supplied details of the vulnerability to Microsoft. Then by China's admission, McAfee would have supplied details of the same vulnerability to China.
Who did they tell first?
But nobody would tell you that.
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