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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Whoa, that's pretty amazing. It's also hilarious.Reply
7000 to 9000 times per second? Holy ballsReply
Epic fail! You don't attack a tank with a BB gun!Reply
8000 per secondReply
480,000 per minute
28,000,000 per hour
691,200,000 per day
Wow. they dont have a life...
MS is too old a cat to be scratched by a kitten.Reply
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.Reply
Small, but still there.
bebangs8000 per second480,000 per minute28,000,000 per hour691,200,000 per dayWow. they dont have a life...Reply
And you do? lol.
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.Reply
7000-9000 to be precise.