If all this turns out to be holding weight that would be one reason for why Vista was far more secure then it's predacessor XP and other previous versions plus will now make 7 even better security wise especially for those who often order online in an effort to avoid identity theft! For both commercial and private interests having a much more secure OS to work reaps it's benefits due to the amount of commerce online.
One thing to be added here is how this article certainly brings in one point in particular.
According to Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronics Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the NSA's involvement with operating system development goes back even farther. "This battle goes back to at least the crypto wars of the early '90s," said Rotenberg, who remembered testifying about the agency's role in private sector computer security standards in 1989.