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Microsoft Confirms Hacker Report

November 07, 2000|Associated Press

Microsoft Corp. confirmed that a Dutch hacker infiltrated one of the company's backup Internet servers and posted the message "Hack the planet."

The hacker, using the pseudonym "Dimitri," gained access Friday, Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn said.

The infiltrated computer pointed Web surfers to a new Uniform Resource Locator (URL), or Web site address, for a conference and events registration Web site, Sohn said. The server, which was nearing its scheduled retirement age, suffered from not having received a new software update, or "patch," that was issued Oct. 17, Sohn said. Microsoft has corrected the problem, he added.

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