News Roundup: Microsoft source code stolen

News that thieves have used a Trojan horse program to pilfer source code from Microsoft could have serious security implications

Microsoft has admitted that its security defences have been breached and exploited for a month by hackers who could even have captured its precious source code. While the largest computer company in the world tries to explain this extraordinary lapse in security, experts, pundits and security gurus try to make sense of the mess. NEWS
MS hackers were watched, software safe
Mon, 30 Oct In a change of stance on last week's computer break-in, Microsoft now says it monitored the intrusion from the start Report: Experts think MS hack was industrial espionage
Mon, 30 Oct FT report suggests that Microsoft hack was motivated by profit MS hack from employees' computer?
Mon, 30 Oct The intrepid intruder may have gained access through an employee's home machine, Microsoft says in a report released Sunday Ballmer says break-in 'not damaging'
Fri, 27 Oct Microsoft's chief executive says the hack of his company's computer system was not very damaging and hackers had not accessed any key programs Could stolen Microsoft code lead to more security mishaps?
Fri, 27 Oct The theft of Microsoft's code could mean more security breaches, say experts Hackers burgle Microsoft source code
Fri, 27 Oct Company reveals hackers have stolen source code to applications and operating system, but says code has not been altered COMMENT
Statements made by Microsoft directors saying that "of course" all their important data was secure have all the reassuring comfort of statements by John Selwyn Gummer about the hamburger he fed his daughter. Guy Kewney simply doesn't believe the people at Microsoft when they say that no damage was done to their corporate secrets. Go to AnchorDesk UK for the news comment. Take me to Hackers To have your say online click on the TalkBack button and go to the ZDNet News forum. Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read what others have said.

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