Why Microsoft's security needs a patch

Thursday, 21 August 2003, 1:21 PM EST

The rumor was too delicious to be true: Could last week's blackout be related to the Blaster worm spreading through the Internet? Conspiracy theorists noted that National Grid USA, the operator of one of the affected plants in Niagara Falls, was a reference customer of Northern Dynamics, an IT consulting firm that touted itself as an expert at using Microsoft (MSFT) technologies in industrial operations.

As it turns out, the blackout originated in Ohio, not New York -- but the fast dispersal of the rumor speaks to techies' general distrust of Microsoft.

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