Microsoft Compares NSA to “Advanced Persistent Threat”

Published on December 5, 2013
by Danny Yadron

Microsoft’s top lawyer compared the National Security Agency to elite hackers, and said the technology giant will encrypt customer information traveling between its data centers, according to a company blog post published Wednesday night.

That makes Microsoft the latest Internet company — following Google, Facebook and Yahoo — to say it is encrypting internal traffic in response to NSA snooping efforts. The agency sometimes siphons off customer information traveling on rented fiber optics cables between U.S. company data centers, former U.S. officials have said.

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