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E-Commerce Times: Microsoft Issues Open Challenge to Hackers

Aug 06, 1999, 14:39 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew W. Beale)

"In response to a recent firestorm of criticism regarding the security of its products, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) left a Web server with a beta version of Windows 2000 and the embattled Internet Information server (IIS) outside its firewall this week."

"This enticing announcement openly invited members of the hacking community to crack the new program. Not only was there little hacker interest, but the server crashed and was unavailable for more than 24 hours."

"Online security firms, including L0pht and eEye, have in recent months discovered numerous server vulnerabilities that have left the Redmond, Washington-based software titan scrambling to save face by making patches available and having to launch a major security initiative. With recent anti-trust lawsuits involving Caldera, another hi-tech firm, and the U.S. Government, Microsoft has learned to respond to potentially image-tainting revelations."

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