Hackings Linked To Report By Google Researcher

July 16th, 2013 by James

According to an announcement by Microsoft Corp, hackers have attacked some computers by exploiting a bug in Windows that was first disclosed a few months back by a Google Inc researcher, who came under fire at the time for publicizing the flaw without going to the software company first.

Hackings Linked To Report By Google Researcher

In an advisory, Microsoft provided few details about the attacks and remarked hackers had launched “targeted attacks”. The disclosure of Google security engineer Tavis Ormandy was controversial as he posted technical information on the Web that described the bug in the Windows operating system that some experts remarked could help malicious hackers launch attacks, before Microsoft had released software to fix it.

Ormandy also drew attention as he lashed out in a blog posting at long-time Google rival Microsoft, saying that its security division was difficult to work with and he even advised other researchers to use pseudonyms and anonymous email when communicating with the software maker.

“It leaves a slightly bad taste in the mouth to see somebody who is a Google security researcher have a pop at Microsoft,” said Graham Cluley, an independent security researcher.

Meanwhile, Microsoft officials declined to make a comment when asked if they believed the disclosure of Ormandy had led to the attacks.

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