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Hackers Often Accidentally Send Code to Microsoft

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 94 comments

A Microsoft Security official has revealed that hackers often send their code to Redmond by accident.

Anyone who's ever had a computer crash on them will be familiar with the pop-up that asks you to send details of the problem to Microsoft. You don't have to fill in any boxes, or explain the problem yourself – it's just a case of clicking 'send' or 'don't send'. However, did you know that hackers developing code like to send the details of their crashes to Microsoft, too?

At last weeks' TechEd conference in Australia, one of Microsoft's senior security architects revealed that hackers who crash their systems sometimes don't hesitate to click the 'send' button when faced with the error report pop-up. The result is that they often end up sending Microsoft details of whatever malicious code they happened to have been working on before their computer crashed.

"People have sent us their virus code when they're trying to develop their virus and they keep crashing their systems," Rocky Heckman said. "It's amazing how much stuff we get."

Heckman also revealed just how much hackers target Microsoft.

"The first thing [script kiddies] do is fire off all these attacks at Microsoft.com," ZDNet quotes him as saying during the conference. "On average we get attacked between 7000 and 9000 times per second at Microsoft.com," said the senior security architect.

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    burnley14 , August 31, 2010 2:00 AM
    7000 to 9000 times per second? Holy balls
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    bebangs , August 31, 2010 2:06 AM
    8000 per second
    480,000 per minute
    28,000,000 per hour
    691,200,000 per day

    Wow. they dont have a life...
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    webbwbb , August 31, 2010 2:35 AM
    Its pretty ironic that a senior security analyst for Microsoft has the name Hackman...
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    adamboy64 , August 31, 2010 1:59 AM
    Whoa, that's pretty amazing. It's also hilarious.
  • 39 Hide
    burnley14 , August 31, 2010 2:00 AM
    7000 to 9000 times per second? Holy balls
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    the_krasno , August 31, 2010 2:06 AM
    Epic fail! You don't attack a tank with a BB gun!
  • 34 Hide
    bebangs , August 31, 2010 2:06 AM
    8000 per second
    480,000 per minute
    28,000,000 per hour
    691,200,000 per day

    Wow. they dont have a life...
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    calmstateofmind , August 31, 2010 2:07 AM
    MS is too old a cat to be scratched by a kitten.
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    zaixionito , August 31, 2010 2:15 AM
    It's OVER 9000... Anyways, poor MS. They have money, but it is a shame that the hackers force them to spend a small amount on the website, rather than the actual products.

    Small, but still there.
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    Randomacts , August 31, 2010 2:16 AM
    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam
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    eklipz330 , August 31, 2010 2:31 AM
    zaixionitoIt's OVER 9000... Anyways, poor MS. They have money, but it is a shame that the hackers force them to spend a small amount on the website, rather than the actual products.Small, but still there.

    no it's UNDER 9000.

    7000-9000 to be precise.
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    MrBachelor , August 31, 2010 2:32 AM
    I'm not that familiar with coding. But surely one physical execution of an attack code unleashes multiple attempts (hacks) sequentially . So that's not to say 9000 people are attacking them. MS is a big target. And when you are that big, you will catch a lot of rounds.
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    austinseven , August 31, 2010 2:35 AM
    But why? Who would want to attack good ol' Microsoft? Oh wait, maybe all existing Xbox Live members after the recent increase in price... Suckers.
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    webbwbb , August 31, 2010 2:35 AM
    Its pretty ironic that a senior security analyst for Microsoft has the name Hackman...
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    willgart , August 31, 2010 2:38 AM
    so tomshardware should be attacked more often... because this site is more important to me! :) 
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    duckmanx88 , August 31, 2010 2:47 AM
    webbwbbIts pretty ironic that a senior security analyst for Microsoft has the name Hackman...


    Heckman.
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    brendano257 , August 31, 2010 2:52 AM
    duckmanx88Heckman.


    Even if it was 'Hackman' many people in the security field today are people who were well known for hacking, and hence got several job requests because of their obvious skills. Granted it wouldn't make for a very good public image, but it seems like people at MS do what they want. Cough *Ballmer* Cough ;) 
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    nforce4max , August 31, 2010 2:55 AM
    Lol such noobs only an idiot would build scripts and other code on their main machines instead of using a junker to develop the code on. Once done find an unprotected connection to upload the package and grab a mountain dew then kick back and watch the show. Think new and far outside the box for something that keeps them on their feet. The only way to make them earn a few nickles that you spent on games for your x360 and bloatware for your Mac/PC.
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    Azriel4444 , August 31, 2010 3:07 AM
    Script kiddies! Makes me chuckle.
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    _Cubase_ , August 31, 2010 3:40 AM
    7000 to 9000 times per second? That's a lot of Russians!
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