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eWeek: Industry reaction to Microsoft hack: It will only get worse

Oct 27, 2000, 22:36 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"The breach of Microsoft Corp.'s network and subsequent access to its source code represent to many the failure of that vendor's product design, the failure of enterprises to implement best practices and the failure to understand security as a risk-management proposition."

"I don't think that's a harsh enough way to describe it, actually," said Frank Bernhard, an analyst at Omni Consulting in Davis, Calif."

"Indeed, asked what nervous CIOs should take away from the incident as a lesson, Bernhard said they should be extremely nervous and question whether someone is illegally skulking around their network right now...."

"You don't walk into a museum and steal a Rembrandt with brute force in 10 minutes," noted Bruce Schneier, a security expert and founder of managed security service provider Counterpane. "You spend months in there scouting out weak spots in security. You get blueprints. You plan to steal a Rembrandt."

"Compounding the issue, others said, is that, having had months of access, it will take months of digital forensics for Microsoft just to determine what was compromised."

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