There are costs for speaking up -- in this case, no one is making any accusations (yet) but it has all the appearances of throwing this guy under the bus for jeopardizing his company's relationship with Microsoft. (But wait . . . MSFT wouldn't be so thin-skinned as to let something like a little criticism get in the way of a long-standing business relationship, would it?)
The report, entitled "CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly," said that to rely on a single computing infrastructure such as Microsoft's Windows operating system created unnecessary risks to national infrastructure--particularly given the company's recent history of security flaws. Moreover, new security features being implemented in products by Microsoft simply made the problem worse, by locking customers even more tightly into the company's software, the authors said.
Bruce Schneier, well known security and crypto guru who also worked on the report said Mr. Geer was still an employee on Wednesday, the day before the report was released.
"When we were conceiving and writing the report, a surprising number of researchers said 'No,' because of the fear of Microsoft," Schneier said.
The message to critics seems crystal clear. My vague recollection is that there was an actual finding by a(t least one) federal court that Microsoft is an illegal monopoly. Or did I miss something on appeal? (Note to self: add Microsoft to list of entities about which you just need to STFU.)