You probably heard, that parts of the Win2k sourcecode have leaked into the public internet (also on BetaNews).
Microsoft has meanwhile confirmed this.

According to BetaNews, they have tracked back the leak to Mainsoft, a partner of Microsoft.

This means several things:

  • good - OpenSource can profit by the knowledge of the source

  • bad - Crackers can now more easily scan for bugs and security holes in the released parts and take advantage of them in future viruses and worms

  • good/bad - Mainsoft has a serious problem with intellectual copyright issues now
Microsoft just has lost some million dollar of intellectual property, shouldn't harm them that much, besides the copyright stuff.


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