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 Post subject: Microsoft hires hacker who broke into AltaVista
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:30 pm 
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Friday, July 9, 2004

Suspect in AltaVista hacking case works at Microsoft

By TODD BISHOP
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

A Kirkland man arrested last week on allegations that he stole proprietary technology from the AltaVista search engine two years ago is a Microsoft Corp. employee who has been working on the Redmond company's MSN Search initiative.

Federal authorities allege that Laurent Chavet, a former AltaVista employee, illegally accessed the California company's computer system in March 2002 and June 2002, after he left AltaVista and well before he went to work for Microsoft. Chavet, then living in California, copied to his home computer source code that was used by AltaVista "to perform the function of scouring the World Wide Web," according to an FBI affidavit.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/ ... rch09.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:10 am 
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suspect or convicted? innocent til proven guilty...

i thought they were hiring a hacker to work in the security department, but this looks pretty bad.


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i thought so too. i thought microsoft would hire a hacker to beef up their security issues.


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kevin mitnick now has his own security company now...

i guess who better to know about security than those who hack it...as long as you can trust them


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Makes you wonder if MS Search is really going to be better than Google...


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BiggPa wrote:
kevin mitnick now has his own security company now...

i guess who better to know about security than those who hack it...as long as you can trust them

From what I've seen and read about him in the past year, he seems to be pushing training to prevent 'social engineering' over technical approaches to hacking. I don't know a whole lot about his history, but I know that a fair number of his hacks were based on social engineering. Maybe he is teaching what he knows.


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