While a cyberattack exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows targeted tens of thousands of computers around the world, the French ministry of Defence is about to renew its contract with Microsoft. As for Bill Gates, he was recently decorated with the Legion of Honnor. French magazine Marianne and Investigate Europe reporter Leïla Miñano investigate the close ties between the Redmond firm and the French state.
On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.
In an interview with Investigate Europe journalists Maria Maggiore and Harald Schumann, two Director-Generals of the European Commission, Roberto Viola (DG CONNECT) and Gertrud Ingestad (DG DIGIT), discuss the Commission’s policy on the use of proprietary vs open source software.
For ten years, a team of experts have worked to move the municipal computer system from the American IT giant Microsoft to open software. Not everything has run smoothly. But the transition is a huge success, declared the deputy mayor in 2014. Elsewhere in Europe, Munich also soon became the lighthouse for the open source community. Now mayor Dieter Reiter and his coalition want to return to Microsoft.
Throughout Europe, from Finland to Portugal, from Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of public administrations is based on Microsoft programs. Munich for the last decade was a poster child of the open source movement. But the pressure to return to the Monopolist is high…Read more in GERMAN.
Microsoft seemed to be left behind by the big champions of Silicon Valley, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, that punctuate our days with smart-phones, tablets, supercomputers. But first impressions can be misleading. Microsoft is very present, it occupies a monopolist position as a public supplier. Europe is totally dependent on this single corporation, though reasonable alternatives exist. Read more in ITALIAN via Il fatto quotidiano (free / Part I and …
Like most european countries, Portugal depends on Microsoft to work with the data of the State and the citizens. This is an expensive dependency that also puts in danger the data security. Read more in PORTUGUESE.