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Hacking has become a major issue in todays world of technology Even software giant Microsoft has been affected Recently hackers broke into Microsofts computer system The hacker or hackers created new accounts so that they could gain access to parts of the software giants computer network Some accounts were being created that did not match or normal audit logs Mr Schmidt the corporate security office for the Microsoft Corporation said Schwartz 2000 According to The New York Times the attacker did not directly enter Microsofts network The point of entry was an employees home computer connected to the companys network The intruder sent the Microsoft employee a rogue program called QAZ Trojan hidden within another program This type of program makes its way through the persons defenses through trickery and once inside releases a potent hidden payload The program opened a back door on the machine and this allowed the intruder to search for other computers on Microsofts network and commandeer those machines as well sending the network addresses and passwords of each infected machine to a designated Internet location Microsofts network is protected by a firewall Those security systems prevent unauthorized users from getting into the network but a firewall alone cannot prevent a connection from an unauthorized users machine that has been taken over by an unauthorized third party Schwartz 2000 Howard Schmidt corporate security officer for the Microsoft Corporation monitored the activities of the hackers over the next several days and watched the intruders pop in and out of the system creating new accounts with different permissions or access to the Microsoft Corporation network Microsoft said the intruder came across the source code for a product being prepared for future release but not part of the companys core products Schwartz 2000 Mr Schmidt stated that they monitored the intruder quietly instead of shutting down the attacker right away Initially Microsoft denied access to the intruder and shut down
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