Microsoft 8 Can Remotely Delete Your Files

Microsoft 8 Has A Kill Switch

The very anticipated operating system Windows 8 will have a feature that was never found on PC’s before: A kill switch that can remotely delete software and edit code without the user’s permission.

Although Microsoft claims the switch would only be used for software that is downloaded from its app store, no official policies clearly define the actual purpose of the kill switch. In other words, nothing is truly considered “illegal” and that includes issues regarding spying, censorship and free speech. Although the kill switch is promoted as a “tool against malware” it can potentially accomplish much, much more.

In fact, it would not be impossible to have all smart-phones and Windows PC’s simultaneously shut down at any given time. The following article from Business Week also mentions the infamous case of Amazon that remotely deleted from user’s Kindle e-readers illegal copies of two books. Which ones? Prepare for intense irony…George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm.

Sent in by Zheng Yong.

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2 Responses to “Microsoft 8 Can Remotely Delete Your Files”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Interesting story?

    Would you want to be a Freemason?

    Your thoughts?


  2. Tapestry says:

    It’s a laugh a minute that article, HETT. Denial of secret handshakes, business networking and so on!!!!!

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