Microsoft has been caught selling spyware on the internet, a former employee says
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Microsoft has confirmed it is selling software from its spyware program ANIU, according to a former software engineer who left the company in 2013.
The former employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, told The Verge that Microsoft’s software from ANIU was bundled into a software suite called Windows Defender, which Microsoft released in April 2016.
The software was bundled with a version of Windows that enabled the company to track and remotely spy on its users without their knowledge or consent.
Microsoft’s security team has long been criticized for its inability to detect and respond to such breaches.
It’s a concern that the software has continued to proliferate in the wake of the recent cyberattack.
“We have never been better equipped to detect these types of attacks,” Microsoft VP of security Amit Singhal told reporters at the company’s annual Build developer conference last month.
Singhal also announced in October that Microsoft is working to remove its ability to automatically download new versions of its software updates.
“We’re moving toward a world where people can choose to update their PCs on the fly,” Singhal said at the time.
“That’s the future of Microsoft and Windows.”
“The company is committed to providing our customers with the best security solutions for the next generation of PCs,” he said.
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