According to Microsoft, they have earned a key government accreditation called FIPS 140-2—Which is an U.S. government security standard used to accredit the cryptographic algorithms that protect sensitive data inside products like smartphones.
All of the Windows 8 phones received accreditation for nine cryptographic certificates:
- Kernel Mode Cryptographic Primitives Library (CNG.SYS)
- Cryptographic Primitives Library (BCRYPTPRIMITIVES.DLL)
- Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider (DSSENH.DLL)
- Enhanced Cryptographic Provider (RSAENH.DLL)
- Boot Manager
- BitLocker Windows OS Loader (WINLOAD)
- Code Integrity (CI.DLL)
- BitLocker Windows Resume (WINRESUME)
- BitLocker Dump Filter (DUMPFVE.SYS)
This certificate is said to be ‘to protect sensitive data’ while Anonymous group of hackers think that this could be a step to spy, One of the famous Anonymous twitter account (@youranonnews) tweeted ‘Each unit comes with a free back door!!‘
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 gets US government security certification http://t.co/8a3kSKIX3f Each unit comes with a free back door!!
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 18, 2013
Last year, a few of the Samsung devices have also received the same FIPS 140-2 certificate and and BlackBerry earned it for the BlackBerry 10 platform back in November last year before it even launched.