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Re: Disgraced Windows shop, Diginotar, goes bankrupt

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____/ Homer on Tuesday 20 Sep 2011 16:07 : \____

> From the "Nobody ever got Fired for Choosing Microsoft" department:
> 
> [quote]
> DigiNotar goes titsup: Disgraced certificate firm is sunk
> Secrecy caused as much trouble as getting hacked
> 
> Disgraced digital certificate firm DigiNotar has filed for bankruptcy in
> The Netherlands.
> 
> Hackers broke into DigiNotar's systems in June before creating forged
> digital certificates in the names of Google and other high-profile
> targets. The forged Google.com SSL credentials were used to spy on
> 300,000 Iranian internet users, according to a subsequent analysis of
> authentication lookup logs on DigiNotar's systems.
> [/quote]
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/20/diginotar_bankrupt/
> 
> The interim report:
> 
> [quote]
> 2.5	Malicious software analyses
> 
> A number of malicious/hacker software tools was found. These vary from
> commonly used tools such a the famous Cain & Abel tool to tailor made
> software.
> [/quote]
> 
> http://tinyurl.com/44eldxr (PDF)
> 
> [quote]
> Cain and Abel (often abbreviated to Cain) is a password recovery tool
> for Microsoft Windows. It can recover many kinds of passwords using
> methods such as network packet sniffing, cracking various password
> hashes by using methods such as dictionary attacks, brute force and
> cryptanalysis attacks.
> [/quote]
> 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cain_and_Abel_%28software%29
> 
> Apparently the TCO of Windows is a lot higher than Microsoft claims in
> its "Get the Facts" propaganda.

It's even worse when you factor in the externalities.

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