May 8, 2002
Microsoft says penalty will let "hackers" run wild
Microsoft's whining again about proposed antitrust penalties. The Associated Press (on Salon.com) reports: "Hackers, virus writers and software pirates could run rampant if Microsoft disclosed the technical product information that nine states have requested as an antitrust penalty, a company executive says. Jim Allchin, who oversees the Windows operating system, said that disclosures sought by the states 'would make it easier for hackers to break into computer networks, for malicious individuals or organizations to spread destructive computer viruses and for unethical people to pirate' Microsoft's flagship software."