Allchin: Remedy Could Undermine Afghanistan Effort
Microsoft's Jim Allchin in his written testimony raises the specter of national security threats--even compromises to the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan--that could result if the states win their case.WASHINGTON -- Jim Allchin, the final Microsoft Corp. executive lined up to defend the Redmond, Wash., software maker against tough antitrust penalties, took the stand today. Allchins testimony highlighted the security problems he foresees resulting from technical information disclosure requirements sought by nine states and the District of Columbia. Like Bill Gates before him, in his written testimony Allchin raised the specter of national security threats--even compromises to the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan--that could result if the states win their case.
In his written testimony, Allchin suggested several, far-reaching dangers that could develop if Microsoft is not permitted to withhold API and protocol disclosures when it has security-related concerns. "It is no exaggeration to say that the national security is also implicated by the efforts of hackers to break into computing networks," Allchin, group vice president for platforms, wrote in his testimony. "Computers, including many running Windows operating systems, are used throughout the United States Department of Defense and by the Armed Forces of the United States in Afghanistan and elsewhere."