Friday, March 23, 2012

Chinese Hack Microsoft

Chinese hackers apparently gained access to information about vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s operating systems before a company patch was released, and security researchers are worried the leak came directly from Microsoft’s secured website.
The Microsoft Security Response Center states the Microsoft Active Protections Program is a program for security software providers that “gives members a head start to reproduce the vulnerabilities and program [anti-hacking] tools in advance of Microsoft’s official security updates.”
The site states, “The amount of time between the release of a Microsoft security update and the release of exploit code (vulnerability) for that update continues to shorten. MAPP gives security software providers early access to vulnerability information.”
On March 13, Microsoft issued critical security update MS12-020 for its Windows operating systems.

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