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Seattle Times: Microsoft says hacker did no damage, but FBI called in

Oct 29, 2000, 14:34 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Andrews)

"Microsoft did not fault its security system, saying corporate attacks are part of modern existence. The company contends its security is among the world's best, but security experts say Microsoft's reliance on Windows systems and personal computers leaves it open to sabotage. As younger systems, Windows programs are considered less secure than older systems based on the Unix operating system, or those of Linux, modeled after Unix."

"If the attacks were aimed at source code, their initiator could use the information in developing competing programs or to sell to a Microsoft competitor, experts said...."

"The dire characterization of the attack by Microsoft executives was not shared by company insiders, some of whom joked about the uselessness of complex source code. Employees interviewed said the company had issued no internal advisory of the attack or precautionary reminders, even after public reports emerged."

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