Feeds

MS hacked by Dimitri again. Perhaps

Corporate sloppiness or hacker self-aggrandisement?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The hacker that gained access to several Microsoft servers through a known security hole on Friday claims he did it again yesterday (Tuesday). Dimitri says he uploaded a file called oopsididitagain which mocked MS' security policy.

The file title refers to the hit single by Britney Spears, and Dimitri also gave an indication of his nationality by saying he enjoyed the pop star's concert in the Netherlands on Saturday, held at a football stadium in Arnhem. According to Dimitri, Microsoft found the file the same day, removed it and then finally patched the hole - something it should have done with ease back on Friday.

The implication is that Microsoft either lied about applying patches to the servers or was unable to do it within three days. If this is the case then it raises serious questions about a centralised control system for computer networks - something that Microsoft mocks others for not being able to do but it would appear can't do itself.

We had a chat with Microsoft Europe, which said it was unable to confirm or deny the hack and we'd have to wait for the States to wake up to get a final confirmation. However, it did reiterate the line about the relevant server(s) being in "semi-retirement". This explanation, incidentally, has become far more solid since it was first mooted on Friday. Originally the server was of little importance, now it is virtually dustbin material.

Anyway, we remain very skeptical of Dimitri's claims. It all sounds a little too perfect for us. It is just as likely that Dimitri got a taste for publicity and wanted more than it is he hacked Microsoft again. Think about it - how else to make the media interested than pull in a favourite publicity figure - Britney Spears? She plays a concert the weekend after his first hack, so he gives details - oh, he lives in Holland - and then the piece de resistance, an uploaded file called Oops I did It Again. It reeks of fish.

Fortunately, Microsoft has patched it up now so there's no way it can ever be proved. Put on the spot, we say: publicity hungry, never happened. But then we await Microsoft's comment. ®

Related Stories

Microsoft hacked again
How you hack into Microsoft: a step by step guide

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.