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NewsBytes: Microsoft Rallies Industry Against Bug Anarchy

Oct 16, 2001, 22:26 (79 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian McWilliams)

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"Pushed to the brink by recent Internet worm outbreaks, Microsoft hopes to rally the computer industry against those who improperly publish information about security vulnerabilities.

In an editorial at Microsoft's site, Scott Culp, head of the company's Security Response Center, announced the initiative against what he called "information anarchy."

According to Culp, the damage caused by worms such as Code Red and Nimda can be blamed in part on computer security professionals who discovered the software flaws exploited by the malicious, self-propagating programs.

'The people who wrote (the worms) have been rightly condemned as criminals. But they needed help to devastate our networks ... It's high time the security community stopped providing blueprints for building these weapons,' he said."

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