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The Register: Redmond strives to cram Great MS Hack back in box

Oct 30, 2000, 15:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"The WSJ said that hackers could have been in the network for as long as three months. During the day Microsoft sources traded this down to six weeks, and then finally to one week."

"The WSJ said that the break-in had been discovered on Wednesday, and after initial Microsoft attempts to investigate it itself, the FBI was called in on Thursday. But later the company said that it had first detected the intrusion on Tuesday 17th, six days earlier."

"If you think about what actually happened, even according to Microsoft, your confidence in the Microsoft version of events does tend to ebb. At minimum it was possible to successfully plant a Trojan in a Microsoft employee's home computer. Through this it was possible to gain access to source code under development, even as Microsoft's security people were allegedly monitoring that access. Microsoft incidentally says that the code couldn't have been downloaded because that would have been recorded, rather than that it couldn't be downloaded because it was secure. For the company crown jewels, this is not good."

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