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eWeek: Microsoft's Outlook: Cloudy security

May 13, 2000, 15:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato, Dennis Fisher, Roberta Holland)

"IT managers and security experts, increasingly cynical and sharply critical over virus assaults through Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook e-mail client, are questioning not only Microsoft's technology but also its reaction to the latest attacks."

"The ILoveYou virus and its many derivatives, which numbered 29 by the end of this week, sent more than a warning about IT's need to update anti-virus software and educate users about attachments. Now, many administrators are focusing their discontent on Outlook's technical design and its tight integration with Office applications and Windows, which exposes code such as Visual Basic Script to hackers and users alike. "

"If we didn't already have [Outlook] installed, I don't think I'd get it now," said an IT manager at a large East Coast publishing company who requested anonymity. "We had to shut down our Exchange server for an entire day, then go around to each individual PC and clean them up and bring them back online after hours."

"For some, Microsoft's refusal to help defuse Outlook's ticking VBScript bomb is more disconcerting than the attacks."

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