Microsoft released the source code for Windows 7 and Office 2010 to Russia’s intelligence services. According to Russian newspaper Vedomosti, Microsoft extended its 2002 agreement with Atlas, that allowed it access to the source code for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Server 2003.
In addition to Windows 7, Office 2010, the amended agreement will include access to Windows Server 2008, as well as SQL Server. The list of official Russian government branches to gain access to data includes: Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB), which replaced the Cold War intelligence agency better known ask the KGB.
“Signing this agreement means for us to yield to a qualitatively new level of cooperation with public authorities of Russian Federation. We expect that the adopted changes wouldn’t only enhance credibility of the software products of Microsoft, but in general will be an additional catalyst for development of high technology in the country,” added Nikolai Pryanishnikov, president of Microsoft in Russia.