Microsoft 'solves' hacking mystery

Tuesday, 10 September 2002, 11:38 AM EST

Microsoft has put a new spin on a mysterious rash of Windows 2000 hacks.

An advisory from the software giant last week warned companies of a number of attacks targeting servers running Windows 2000, the cause of which had initially puzzled Microsoft.

After following a trail of evidence left behind on compromised Windows 2000 servers, the company now believes that hackers have systematically exploited Windows 2000 servers that haven't been properly locked down, rather than attacking a particular hole in the operating system.

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