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Does Microsoft Show Hackers How To Attack?
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    Does Microsoft Show Hackers How To Attack?
    by Jim Edwards

    After another security hole recently surfaced in Microsoft's
    Windows operating system, the software giant released a
    patch this past Friday to plug the possibly devastating
    "back door" which allows hackers to potentially seize
    control of any pc running Windows.

    The latest threat, "Download.Ject," infiltrates computers
    after users surfing with Microsoft's "Internet Explorer" web
    browser visit websites infected with the virus.

    This newest security patch covers Windows XP, 2000, and
    Windows Server 2003.

    Several factors make this latest development more disturbing
    than past discoveries of security problems with Internet
    Explorer, currently the most dominant web browser on the

    First, it demonstrates very clearly that criminals
    discovered they can use the power of viruses to very
    profitably steal important bank, personal, and credit data
    from people on a large scale.

    Second, it took Microsoft what many would consider a very
    long time to come up with a patch for this problem.

    Before a fix appeared, Microsoft told everyone who uses
    Internet Explorer to stick their finger in the dyke by
    putting their web browser security settings on high,
    rendering it impossible to view or use features on many
    websites and web-based services.

    Third, expect this to happen again as new holes open in the
    future when Microsoft makes Windows more complicated, adds
    layers of code, and generally makes the operating system
    more complex.

    This may sound like business as usual, however, I think
    this story actually points to a much deeper problem, one for
    which I'm not sure a simple solution exists.

    Though free and reasonably reliable, many people do not
    automatically update their Windows operating system through
    the update service on Microsoft's website. (I won't even get
    into how many people don't operate up-to-date anti-virus

    Whenever Microsoft publishes a security update, especially
    for a highly publicized and obviously widespread security
    breach, thousands of people will not immediately download
    the update.

    In fact, tens-of-thousands of users will not download these
    security updates for days, weeks, even months (if ever).

    So let me ask what seems like a very elementary question: By
    publishing security updates that point out very obvious
    flaws in their system, doesn't Microsoft also point the way
    to exactly where the holes exist?

    Let me put it another way.

    Doesn't this rate the same as discovering that the local
    bank vault won't lock and then announcing the details on the
    front page of the paper along with the dates and times no
    bank guard will be on duty?

    After all, if tens-of-thousands of users won't immediately
    get the Microsoft Security Patch, don't those patches show
    hackers exactly which holes get plugged (and which,
    logically, must already be open without the patch)?

    It doesn't take a hacker with more than a basic set of
    skills to recognize where and what holes got fixed and then
    reverse-engineer how they can get into computers that don't
    get updated.

    Now, do I have a concrete, 100% bullet-proof answer to this
    problem? Unfortunately, I don't have more than a common-
    sense answer...

    At this point, your best defense rates staying current on
    the latest threats and how to defend against them.

    Keep your anti-virus software current, your firewall up, and
    your Windows software updated with the latest security

    Though not a perfect solution, at least you'll have a
    fighting chance to prevent, or at least minimize, any
    possible threats.

    For more information from Microsoft's website, go here

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