Microsoft buys so bad guys can’t

In February, KrebsOnSecurity told the story of a private citizen auctioning off the dangerous domain for the starting price of $1.7 million. Domain experts called dangerous because years of testing showed whoever wields it would have access to an unending stream of passwords, email and other sensitive data from hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Windows PCs at major companies around the globe. This week, Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy the domain in a bid to keep it out of the hands of those who might abuse its awesome power.

I had no idea that a seemingly innocuous default chosen decades ago had this much of an impact.


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