Microsoft has just signed an agreement with Russias Atlas Centre, under the
Government Security Program, letting the Russian government study the source
code for SQL Server, as well as other Microsoft software. Access to source
codes enables programmers from the Atlas Centre to develop encryption protection
for Microsoft products and allows the government agencies, including those
responsible for national security, to use them in their daily work." Also,
Atlas will be able to share findings about the security of Microsoft's codes
with other government agencies.