August 14, 2001

Microsoft backtracks; Hotmail data may have been compromised

Author: JT Smith

"silicon.com has discovered that Hotmail was actually attacked by a variant of Code Red - not the original version. This worked in a slightly different way from its predecessor, and would have opened up a backdoor to the Hotmail servers.

One silicon.com reader - Jonathon Rickman, from security research and incident response team X Corps Security - said even though he supplied Microsoft with evidence which showed Hotmail's compromised system was attacking his, the company ignored him."

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