Kristian Rink on 27 Oct 2000 21:21:45 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Microsoft theft

On Fri, 27 Oct 2000 06:35:35 -0400 (EDT)
David Mandl <> wrote:

> I think this should be treated not as a case of theft but as a serious
> terrorist threat akin to stealing plutonium from a nuclear-weapons
> facility.  The greatest danger is that someone will incorporate this
> code into the world's otherwise healthy software and the disease will
> spread out of control.

Hmmm... Probably the worst case could be that every programmer who is a 'little' experienced will see the sources and, like, say "Ooooh my god, *that* is how they got that rich????" :))) 
Besides this... AFAIK, they were speaking about, like, having hackers inside the system for an unknown amount of time between five weeks and three months... Being a Linux / BSD enthusiast especially on servers, this will be a new helpful weapon to me to prevent people from using MS products on their servers, since probably nobody should put trust in a company which isn't even able to find out about hackers in their systems for about a quarter of a year (in worst case...). And, last but not least, seeing it from the point of the security advisor, I am *really* curious to see how much more things like those NSA keys those days found in this certain Windows NT service pack are hidden inside the source code of the Windows operating systems... Would be *really* interesting to see how much trojans each of the users of those environments is having on its system even without knowing and without being protected by any virus removal software...


"And the things that we fear are the weapons to
 be used against us." (Rush)

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