[Politech] Dan Geer loses CTO job at AtStake after criticizing Microsoft

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Thu Sep 25 2003 - 22:57:23 PDT

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    Dan is a careful security professional, a good guy, and a contributor to 
    "Dan Geer on Microsoft, 4-mo delay, and problems with so much code"
    Note that @Stake has lost no time in deleting his bio from their site:
    See Google's cache of those pages:
    Dan is the first-listed author of a paper that was published this week 
    under the aegis of CCIA:
    It's a trade association that is active on many issues including copyright 
    but is probably best known for beating up on Microsoft in the courts. 
    CCIA's members include Microsoft arch-rivals Sun and Oracle:
    >WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief technology officer for a technology firm that 
    >works closely with Microsoft Corp. lost his job after he helped write a 
    >study critical of the insecurity of Microsoft software.
    >Daniel E. Geer Jr., an expert with nearly three decades studying 
    >technology and computer security, learned Thursday he was no longer 
    >employed by AtStake Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.  [...]
    >A computer security expert who contributed to a paper deeply critical of 
    >Microsoft has been dismissed by his employer, a consulting company that 
    >works closely with the software giant.
    >Dan Geer, a longtime computer security researcher, and several colleagues 
    >released a controversial study on Wednesday that called the ubiquity of 
    >Microsoft software a hazard to the economy and to national security. 
    >Although independently financed and researched, the study was distributed 
    >by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a 
    >Washington-based trade association largely made up of Microsoft's rivals. [...]
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