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ZDNet: Hotmail glitch: Wake-up call!

“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
the site.”

“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.”

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