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Wired: How MS Helped With Own Hack

Oct 27, 2000, 22:17 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

"The Qaz worm used to hack into Microsoft's servers on Thursday was not a particularly elegant piece of coding, but Shakespeare would have loved it...."

"Security experts say an equally efficient worm could have been written in another programming language, but Visual C++ is rapidly becoming the hacking program of choice."

"It's relatively easy to learn Visual C programming, and rogue programs created with C++ are compatible with the majority of applications used by corporation...."

"I tell my clients to isolate all valuable information off the network. There's something about this whole Microsoft hack that doesn't make sense. Either they thought they were invincible, or they left a door very open for reasons I can't even begin to guess at...."

"Jonathan Addams, a freelance security consultant, says that virtually any firewall can be bypassed if the organization behind that firewall has "the Outlook e-mail program, a Windows NT box as the server and just one dim employee."

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