Mainsoft put in spotlight over leaked source code

Monday, 23 February 2004, 5:26 PM EST

Mainsoft used to be one of hundreds of small, private technology companies working in relative anonymity across Silicon Valley. Until last week.

That's when Mainsoft's name turned up in some leaked source code from Microsoft's Windows operating system. The source code -- or blueprint -- for Windows is among the software giant's most closely guarded trade secrets.

The probe into how portions of code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 became widely available on the Internet last week shoved Mainsoft and its work into an unfamiliar prominence. References to Mainsoft appeared within portions of leaked code and in an accompanying file, according to computer security experts who have seen the code.

By Dan Lee at Silicon Walley.

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