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Daily News Round #3 for February 13, 2004

Daily News Round #3 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for February 13, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Feb 14, 2004 1:21 am

- Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4 Source Code Leaks

Here, we have some very bad news..... it appears the source code for NT based OS's (meaning potential trouble for us XP users too) has been doing the rounds. Apparently Microsoft haven't officially responded to this catastrophe as of yet. For more details and updates as they occur, head over to NeoWin.


Neowin has learned of shocking and potentially devastating news. It would appear that two packages are circulating on the internet, one being the source code to Windows 2000, and the other being the source code to Windows NT. At this time, it is hard to establish whether or not full code has leaked, and this will undoubtedly remain the situation until an attempt is made to compile them. Microsoft are currently unavailable for comment surrounding this leak so we have no official response from them at the time of writing.


This leak is a shock not only to Neowin, but to the wider IT industry. The ramifications of this leak are far reaching and devastating. This reporter does not wish to be sensationalist, but the number of industries and critical systems that are based around these technologies that could be damaged by new exploits found in this source code is something that doesn't bare thinking about.


We ask that for the wider benefit of the IT community that members and readers support Microsoft by forwarding anything they know about the leak to the Microsoft's Anti-Piracy department.


Update: I just discovered this over at 3DGPU. Rather amusing to say the least.


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