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Seattle Times: Hacking may have hurt key Microsoft strategy

Oct 31, 2000, 22:09 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Andrews)

"As it attempts its steepest corporate reinvention yet, Microsoft is painting itself as the company with products large enterprises can rely on to grow their businesses into the New Economy. Yet as demonstrated by the hacker attack uncovered last week, Microsoft itself cannot totally protect precious data from unwanted - and illegal - incursion in a Windows-based environment."

"Microsoft's Silicon Valley competitors, while acknowledging no company is immune to hacker attacks, say Windows has greater security challenges than older, more mature systems built on Unix and a Unix spinoff, Linux...."

"Microsoft, whose explanations have changed a number of times since initial news reports about the incident, said it is withholding numerous details to avoid hindering an FBI investigation...."

"Microsoft defended the integrity of its network security, noting that hacking of corporate networks occurs regularly. On the other hand, the company's request that the FBI investigate indicated this incident held greater significance, apparently based on the company's inability to track down or trap the intruder."

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