Sunday, June 18, 2006

Microsoft Website Defaced (And it Isn't Fixed Yet)

Microsoft's French website was recently defaced by a group of Turkish hackers. As of 1pm PST on 6/18/06 the website is still defaced. Here is a link to the original site and here is a link to a mirror that will continue to show what the hack looked like after Microsoft fixes the problem.

Anyway, this is just another example of how difficult security is to keep on top of for even the most technologically savvy organizations. Organizations that are targeted by hackers have it 1000 times worse. Targeted organizations tend to be primarily financial services organizations were hacking can lead to immediate financial gain for the hackers. However, Microsoft seems to hold a special spot in the ire of hackers across the globe and being apart of their security team must be a nightmare. Given how many people want to exploit Microsoft, it is a wonderful testament to their internal security team that they haven't had more of these types of incidents.

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