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SRO: Who Deserves The ILOVEYOU Blame? Microsoft or you?

May 15, 2000, 17:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Isn't it time we finally admit three truths? Drivers don't obey speed limits, many e-mail users don't think before clicking on file attachments, and Microsoft Outlook is an easy target for malicious computer viruses. "

"Many readers insist that Outlook's only problem is its popularity. But that's simply not true. In theory, Outlook's integration with Windows makes it speedier than its competitors. But it also certainly makes it more vulnerable to attack. Saddest of all, Microsoft's Outlook defaults make it vulnerable to these VisualBasic-based attacks."

"As responsible providers building solutions for people, you owe them safe, secure solutions. If, to be completely cynical about it, not for their sake then for your own sake. I know of at least one company that's getting ready to sue its integrator for providing it with programs that put it out of e-mail touch with the world for two days. By that company's count, the outage cost it $500,000 in direct damages alone."

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