ZDNet UK: Hackers burgle Microsoft source codeOct 27, 2000, 13:57 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)
"The hackers were believed to have used hacker software to send sensitive passwords to an email address in St. Petersburg, Russia. The passwords were then used to transfer source code -- the tightly-protected blueprints that reveal the inner workings of software -- to computers outside of the Microsoft campus."
"During the three months in which the hackers had access to the code, there is a remote chance the software could have been altered, Microsoft told the Wall Street Journal. The company said there is no evidence such alterations were made, however, and experts say the risk of such alterations is small."
"Observers speculated that the hackers -- whose identities remain unknown -- could have been intending to hold the source code hostage, threatening to release it to the public unless a ransom were paid. The code could also be purchased by an unscrupulous company looking to make its applications work more smoothly with Microsoft's dominant operating systems."