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  Microsoft says hackers have exploited Windows bug revealed by Google man
Time: 13:14 EST/18:14 GMT | News Source: The Guardian | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft says hackers have attacked some computers by exploiting a bug in Windows first disclosed two months ago by a Google researcher, who came under fire at the time for publicising the flaw without telling the software company first. Microsoft provided few details about the attacks. In a statement on Tuesday, it said hackers had launched "targeted attacks," a term generally used by security experts to refer to cyber-attacks on corporate or government targets, with espionage and sabotage as the motive. Google security engineer Tavis Ormandy's disclosure in May was controversial because he posted technical information on the web that described the bug in the Windows operating system, which some experts said could help malicious hackers launch attacks, before Microsoft had released software to fix it.

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#1 By bobsireno (1748 Posts) at 7/10/2013 1:46:12 PM
No they didn't. Per the article: "Microsoft officials declined to comment when asked if they believed Ormandy's disclosure of the vulnerability had led to the attacks.

Ormandy also lashed out at Microsoft in his blog posting, saying its security division was difficult to work with.

He advised other researchers to use pseudonyms and anonymous email when communicating with the firm."

Microsoft's increasing god-like view of itself leads them not to want to listen to anyone with unsolicited helpful ideas, about anything, until after the fact. I hope they fix this company wide attitude before Google takes the desktop away from them, in a similar manner that Google stole the smartphone sales lead from Apple. As long as MS remains arrogant and Ballmerish they are vulnerable in a way that was impossible years ago.

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