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The Theft Of Windows Source Code

The Fifteen Greatest Hacking Exploits
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February 12, 2004 was a beautiful day, but Microsoft was in a state of emergency. The source code for Windows 2000, which is still used by a great number of people even today, had just been stolen. Worse still, that code had been disseminated into the wild by a still unidentified hacker.

Windows Source Code in the Wild

This breach represented a heavy loss: 600 million bytes of data, 30,195 files, and 13.5 million lines of code. The leak involved both Windows 2000 and its older sibling, Windows NT4. Everybody at the software giant tried to get a grip on what had just happened, but nobody really had answers.

The data was stolen directly from Microsoft's network. The hacker in question, who has never been discovered, entered the company's internal network by breaking the password on one of the machines. The source code quickly found its way to the Internet, especially P2P networks. Fortunately, even through everyone feared the worst, the consequences of the theft were quite mild.

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    Anonymous , September 4, 2008 7:27 AM
    They should have very serious consequences for hackers. I'm tired of defaced websites, viruses, trojans, etc. Although it is fun to screw around with other people's computers..especially if they've done it to you...but either way there should be some huge penalties for hacking. I say chop off a thumb on the first offence. 2nd offence: chope off the rest of the fingers on that hand. Hackers along with script kiddies would cease to exist.
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    itadakimasu , September 12, 2008 7:20 PM
    sounds like you have been the victim of malware and virii while doing some questionable internet browsing...
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2008 4:41 AM
    Well, 'Anonymous', I hope you're using Tor to browse the 'intarweb', you worthless plebian.
    Here in the USA, we aren't barbarians, and the only people who would even deserve such harsh treatment would be rapists and their ilk. Even so, we just lock em up and release them on probation a few months/years later. :p 
    Not perfect, but I say cutting off fingers because you're too stupid to take basic steps to protect your system? Kinda harsh.
    The difference between a robber and a hacker, is that you can completely stop a hacker by unplugging your phone line from your modem.
    Do that, for the sake of humanity. :p 
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    arkadi , September 18, 2008 1:27 PM
    Well it is important info, but i don't think you can call them the best :)  they got basted after all. Governments got best hackers if you ask me.
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    Reynod , September 18, 2008 1:39 PM
    There are numerous other well documented hacks that probably deserved a mention.

    At least you did take the moral high ground.

    You neglected to mention Electron and Phoenix ... clearly they were better than most of these mentioned here.



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    deadliest , October 17, 2008 10:44 AM
    hmmm so this hacker list is not complete oh oh oh , you should have guys, it was most interesting reading about this. But i think hackers are a necessary evil without them how would i play my pirated games :D 
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 11:03 PM
    @ Arkadi
    "Well it is important info, but i don't think you can call them the best :)  they got basted after all. Governments got best hackers if you ask me. "

    Lol, where do you think the Government found there hackers? They hired guys like this ^^Rofl
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2011 9:12 AM
    Script kiddies. Blegh.
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    Anonymous , April 13, 2011 8:58 AM
    ahhhhhh
    its good to be a hacker
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    jordanprogrammer , October 8, 2013 9:19 AM
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