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SJ Mercury: [Microsoft] Juvenile Antics Turn Dangerous?

Apr 16, 2000, 00:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

"Microsoft is denying (AP) a Wall Street Journal report that programmers put malicious code in software that opened a big security hole. Old code is the cause, the company says."

"Microsoft has never taken security seriously enough. Its products are sieve-like monstrosities from a privacy point of view, because much of the underlying architecture of DOS and Windows (at least until some versions of NT) was designed not for the Internet but for stand-alone computers. A stream of security alerts -- all too frequently not initiated by Microsoft itself -- and patches only highlights the problem."

"By the way, if you read the WSJ and AP stories you'll see conflicting statements from Microsoft. So it's still not clear what the story is here. Either way, it's totally clear that the adults at Microsoft need to exert more adult supervision."

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