Commentary: The threat of Microsoft’s .NET


Author: JT Smith

Commentary from Sun’s Whit Diffie and Susan Landau: “Remember, Willie Sutton used to rob banks because “that’s where the money is.”

Suppose that in a year or two Microsoft has succeeded in funneling the lion’s share of information about
people’s identities, preferences, financial assets, and shopping habits to itself and putting them all in one
big database. If Microsoft can’t protect its own systems: what hope is there for Microsoft databases that
will contain the credit, locations, and private files of millions upon millions of users?” Posted at