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Windows 7: “We still don’t encrypt server-to-server data,” admits Microsoft


18 Nov 2013   #1

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“We still don’t encrypt server-to-server data,” admits Microsoft

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A senior Microsoft executive has told a European parliamentary committee that the company does not encrypt its server-to-server data communications.

Dorothee Belz, EMEA VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs, made the remark when answering a question from Claude Moraes, MEP, during a meeting at the European Parliament on Monday.

"Generally, what I can say today is server-to-server transportation is generally not encrypted," she said. "This is why we are currently reviewing our security system."
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19 Nov 2013   #2

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19 Nov 2013   #3

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I'd venture to say that server-to-server data transfers within the data centers aren't encrypted by any of the cloud service providers. Simply because the network devices within the data centers are controlled by the services providers and no external entities can tap the network devices without the explicit cooperation by the service providers. And if the explicit cooperation is provided, it can also provide the encryption keys, if and when the server-to-server data transfers encrypted.

Encrypting data transfers between data centers is complex and costly, where external entities could tap the network devices, most cloud service providers still don't encrypt these transfers, not even Google. Quote from the referenced article:

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When speaking to MEPs on Monday, however, Nicklas Lundblad, Google's director of public policy and government relations, took a more sober tone. In fact, he explained that the process of implementing encryption was "not finished" and that it would be an ongoing project for the company.
While the quote is for Google, the same could be said for Yahoo, Excite, Facebook, etc...
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19 Nov 2013   #4

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I have been posting for a long time on this Forum to be careful using a cloud. I will post again: Cloud security will always be behind the crooks until someone makes the cloud providers responsible for damages and make restitution quickly.
For a big company where the information can be worth many of dollars encryption is not the answer either.
If the crooks can download it they got all the time needed to run the download through programs and decrypt it.
For people like me their is very little to worry about. The crooks will spend no money and time on decrypting something that doesn't have a chance to give financial benefits to them.
Once your information is in a cloud, (on someone else's server) you have no control over it security.

Example:
Your email has been in a cloud for years. It wasn't called a cloud but a cloud it is. Your email is on someones server. You log onto the server with your password and download your email.
Just think back, they been hacking so called protected email accounts on email servers for years. Just like they been hacking things like Paypal servers.
The only way I can think of to slow this hacking down is harsher punishment for the hacker and the server provider.
Wooden boxes and pallbearers come to mind.
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23 Nov 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have been posting for a long time on this Forum to be careful using a cloud. I will post again: Cloud security will always be behind the crooks until someone makes the cloud providers responsible for damages and make restitution quickly.
Most people counter by saying, "I have nothing to hide". They get the "free" service and don't realize that in exchange for the free service, they are the product. The undisputed king of online advertisers pioneered this highly successful business model and people still flock to their sites, effectively supporting this business model, that successfully had been extended to the smartphones as well. People still don't complain, but when NSA gets a hold of the same data, everybody is up in arms and complain about their privacy rights. Pathetic...

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The only way I can think of to slow this hacking down is harsher punishment for the hacker and the server provider.
Wooden boxes and pallbearers come to mind.
That's a bit on the harsh side and nearly impossible to implement, especially in the world of wide spread, states sponsored hacking. How can the government prosecute hackers, when they are using the same tools on their and other countries people?
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24 Nov 2013   #6

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So you dont have a email address?
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26 Nov 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
@Cr00zng

So you dont have a email address?
In the light of this forum requires a valid email address to register a new user, what kind of question is that?

And to answer the question truthfully, no, I do not have "a email address". At the current time, I have eight email addresses. Each of them are used for different purposes. For example to verify new account creation at public forums, other account is used for registering at trade association sites/forums, personal email account, business email accounts, etc. Similarly to how my passwords are different everywhere, my email addresses are different as well.
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26 Nov 2013   #8

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Just saying/showing you are the product as well.
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27 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Just saying/showing you are the product as well.
More or less, depending on one's view...
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27 Nov 2013   #10

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