May 4, 2001

Microsoft sites defaced

Author: JT Smith

From MSNBC: "Computer intruders managed to gain control of three
international Microsoft home pages on Thursday, replacing the
company's data with a simple message taunting the software
giant. Microsoft's UK, Mexico and Saudi Arabia sites were
replaced with messages from the hacker group Prime Suspectz.
The defacements come two days after Microsoft revealed its
flagship Web server software had a serious vulnerability, but it's
not known if the intruders used that vulnerability to attack the
Microsoft sites. In a related development, a computer hacker
published code Wednesday night that makes taking advantage
of the new Microsoft flaw easy for any ill-intentioned computer
programmer."

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