CNET News.com: Microsoft computer network hacked; WINE to benefit?Oct 27, 2000, 14:09 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)
"Miller said there was no evidence to suggest that any source code had been modified or corrupted in the attacks. But the company couldn't say one way or the other whether source code had been stolen."
"...it could provide aid to projects that are trying to reverse-engineer aspects of Windows. One example is a group called Wine working on technology that lets Windows programs run on Intel-based Linux systems. Stolen software code can also yield clues to a product's security flaws."
"The worst-case scenario for a company whose source code has been exposed is that invaders make changes to the original that aren't noticed until the product ships. In that case, the attackers could add back doors or program malicious code into the product."