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On Thu, Dec 20, 2001 at 02:34:43PM -0800, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> first the good news...
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/techinfo/planning/security/whatsnew/default.asp
>   Windows XP provides the most dependable version of Windows ever-with the
>   best security and privacy features Windows has ever provided.
> now for the bad news...
> www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/ptech/12/20/microsoft.hackers.ap/index.html
>   Microsoft's newest version of Windows, billed as the most secure ever,
>   contains several serious flaws that allow hackers to steal or destroy a
>   victim's data files across the Internet or implant rogue computer software.
>   A Microsoft official acknowledged that the risk to consumers was
>   unprecedented because the glitches allow hackers to seize control of all
>   Windows XP operating system software without requiring a computer user to
>   do anything except connect to the Internet.
> then the good news:
>   "This is the most secure version of Windows we have ever released,"
>                 -- Scott Culp, Microsoft Security Response Center manager
> and then for the bad:
>   Hackers could attack individual computers directly, though the flaws also
>   allow hackers to transmit an attack to a single Internet address and strike
>   all the nearby Windows XP computers within a corporation or neighborhood. 
> doors open, boys.   ;)
> pete
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