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Human Error Makes Way for Microsoft System Spammers

Written on October 14, 2010 by Adam Eve

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In case you find Microsoft promoting a pharmaceutical website, just ignore it. Or better yet, report it to the company. The company might have a mis-configured system, and you just received a spam.

Microsoft launched an investigation last Tuesday, following a report on spammers using their hacked computer systems to promote online pharmaceutical websites. According to the report, two mis-configured hardware devices were compromised due to human error. After they were compromised, the two servers handle the DNS of over 1,000 fraudulent pharmaceutical websites. Both network devices that run a Linux kernel were already dispatched by Microsoft.

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