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Stuff from the past

History is written by the winners.

In 1999 it was disclosed [1] that m$ had a variable name _NSAKEY
in the windoze.

In 1998 Halloween Documents [2] document leaked showing microsoft's
strategy against free software and especially linux. Due to lameness
m$ couldn't predict android will run on linux kernel

In early 2000 major malware like Code Red and Nimda hit m$,
showing to m$ the meaning of word "security". Nimbda exploited
the brain damaged loading dynamic libraries from the current
working directory (I might have written something on this).

In 2003 [3] debian shipped backdoored micq (the backdoor is
debian specific). IIRC there was a quarrel between the
debian package maintainer and the micq developer.

Links to wikipedia are permanent snapshots
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=NSAKEY&oldid=891818118
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Halloween_documents&oldid=895695365
[3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/02/msg00771.html