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ZDNet: Hotmail glitch: Wake-up call!

Aug 31, 1999, 19:33 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Bowman)

"Microsoft says it has fixed a security hole that left millions of Hotmail users exposed on the Internet –- but it may not be able to repair the public relations damage sure to follow."

"The hack apparently exploited a glitch that let Hotmail accept users as valid without cross-checking the URL that referred them to the site."

"Computer consultants and security experts hoped the move would be a wake-up call for consumers to demand more secure software.

'Basically the consumers are going to have to start asking for better security or Microsoft's not going to see it as a big problem,' B.K. DeLong, a computer consultant, said.

He said until users do that, Microsoft isn't going to make security a priority."

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