Microsoft: Script Kiddies And Hackers Accidentally Send Us Their Code All The Time

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It's not unusual for hackers and script kiddies to crash their Windows systems while trying to write a malicious code. It's apparently also not unusual for them to send that malicious code right along to Microsoft when prompted.

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According to Microsoft senior security architect Rocky Heckman, when a "hacker's system crashes in Windows, as with all typical Windows crashes, the user would be prompted to send the error details - including the malicious code - to Microsoft. The funny thing is that many say yes."

He explains further:

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

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Whoops. [ZDNet]

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wgarbee
westsidegimpin

Interesting...Since running win7 on both my notebook and desktop, I have yet to see a report prompt come up. I saw it all the time with Vista and every now and then with XP. Anyone else have similar experiences?

As someone said earlier...MSFT actually reads these things? I thought it was a front to make it look like they cared...oh, wait.