“Microsoft says it has fixed a security hole that left millions
of Hotmail users exposed on the Internet –- but it may not be
able to repair the public relations damage sure to follow.”
“The hack apparently exploited a glitch that let Hotmail accept
users as valid without cross-checking the URL that referred them to
“Computer consultants and security experts hoped the move would
be a wake-up call for consumers to demand more secure software.
‘Basically the consumers are going to have to start asking
for better security or Microsoft’s not going to see it as a big
problem,’ B.K. DeLong, a computer consultant, said.
He said until users do that, Microsoft isn’t going to make
security a priority.”