Hackers attack Microsoft computers using Google researcher’s exploit

“Microsoft Corp said hackers have attacked some computers by exploiting a bug in Windows first disclosed two months ago by a Google Inc researcher, who came under fire at the time for publicizing the flaw without going to the software company first,” Jim Finkle reports for Reuters.

“Microsoft provided few details about the attacks. In an advisory 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,” Finkle reports. “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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MacDailyNews Take: Hey, where’d you work before Microsoft Security, Government Intelligence of Greater Detroit?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

14 Comments

    1. Even thought this exploit targets Microsoft Windows computers, I cannot find much humor in it. I have long despised Microsoft manipulation of corporate and government IT departments and its historically poor treatment of Mac users. But I despise these basement dwelling lowlife hacker criminals even more.

      1. Basement dwelling lowlife hacker criminals, very bad. Google engineers brushing aside industry protocol and furnishing said criminals with trigger data, vile.

          1. Under what theory is that criminal?!?! He discovered something TRUE that made people vulnerable. Those people didn’t know they were vulnerable. He released that news to the public.
            Please explain how telling a FACT to the public is a crime.

  1. Isn’t it amazing? Every version of Windows since I can remember has PROMISED it is the most SECURE version. Yet, we still hear these attacks persist year after year after year.
    It is incredible these IT doofuses persist in sponsoring such a crap product. Use Windows at your peril.

    1. The best version of Windows, the one the Microsoft fans and journalists can’t stop praising and congratulating Microsoft for, is always the next version – the one that will fix all the terrible security problems and UI choices in the currently available Windows. It’s been happening for decades – and yet they still act surprised by how much each Windows release actually sucks and then go back to talking up the next version that will fix all the problems.

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