The NSA’s backdoor in Microsoft Windows – We knew in 1999

This is how NSA total access was built into Microsoft Windows. First, a little background on the topic:

On the 24th of August 1996, Microsoft released “Detroit” – more commonly known as Windows 95 B or Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM Service Release 2). This updated version of Windows 95 contained a host of exciting new features not present in the original release (Codename Chicago) a year earlier.

Windows 95 B ran atop the updated version of MS-DOS 7.1 and included DirectX 2.0a, DriveSpace 3 and controversially integrated Internet Explorer version 3.0 into the operating system. In the original release of Windows 95 A, Internet Explorer was entirely absent but the end user could install it at their peril.

Windows 95 B also drastically improved hardware support. The FAT32 file system allowed for larger hard disks, partitions and file sizes than the original FAT file system did. Infrared connectivity between laptops and FireWire connections to digital imaging devices was now possible. Continue reading