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NewsForge: Time for Microsoft to fix its security problems

Oct 31, 2000, 06:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)

"In the meantime, senior Microsoft executives around the world were being chased down by reporters eager to find out what really happened. The guy who got Steve Ballmer to admit that hackers had looked at source code had to track him down in a Swedish hallway."

"Unfortunately, even when reporters managed to corner Microsoft managers or other "experts" they asked all the wrong questions."

"Reporters asked whether the hackers had somehow 'compromised' the company's software by taking a peek at files of source code. Of course, Ballmer and all the others solemnly maintained that nothing had been compromised. Such a silly question. Source code, particularly beta or alpha level stuff, is going to be of little use to anyone except Microsoft, unless the hackers also got most of the accompanying documentation and related libraries. Such code certainly isn't going to be "held hostage," as the Wall Street Journal suggested, or be 'auctioned off to criminal elements.'"

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