JMH Moderator, News & Information, BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst, Contributor Joined Apr 2, 2012 Posts 7,197 Sep 12, 2013 #1 The NSA is reportedly not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data. Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek into suspects' computers and communications. In 2005, when Microsoft was about to launch BitLocker, its Windows software to encrypt and lock hard drives, the company approached the NSA, its British counterpart the GCHQ and the FBI, among other government and law-enforcement agencies. Microsoft's goal was twofold: get feedback from the agencies, and sell BitLocker to them. Click to expand... Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?