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Microsoft Sued Over Security Flaws

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

07 October 2003


Microsoft is facing a lawsuit over its monopoly position, and software flaws in its Windows operating system, which, the complainant has argued, combine to leave computer networks open to "massive, cascading failures".

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last Tuesday, is seeking class action status, a development which could have alarming consequences for the software giant.

Microsoft is being accused of unfair competition, and of violating two California consumer rights laws. The complainant is reportedly seeking unspecified damages and legal costs, as well as an injunction against the firm with regard to its alleged unfair business practices.

According to the lawsuit, hackers are able to glean information from security warnings issued by Microsoft which allow them to develop worms and viruses to exploit flaws in Windows. A prime example of this is the MS Blaster worm, which was created following the publication of details of a loophole in Windows earlier this year.


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