Microsoft's pie in the eye

Some things never die, especially notorious photos on the Internet. Just ask Bill Gates.

Some things never die, especially notorious photos on the Internet. Just ask Bill Gates, whose infamous pie-in-the-eye shot was posted by a hacker on a Web site hosting information on Microsoft distribution licenses.

The hacker posted the embarrassing 1988 photo on a sub-page of, which is designed to allow users to select a distribution license for an Internet Explorer Administration kit, according to a SANs Internet Storm report.

Microsoft is not alone in having its content defaced via a hosting partner's site. Take Kevin Mitnick, for example, whose hosted site was hacked and defaced last year.

SANs offer some sage advice: "While the brand impact of a low-level compromise like this is negligible, it does bring up some hard questions," a SANs researcher noted in his posting. "In this day and age of co-outsourcing, how do you ensure your partners are able to meet your security requirements? Reputation is a good starting point, while supplier audit and compliance with relevant security standards can complete the picture."

Meanwhile, the defaced hosted Microsoft Web site has been taken down.

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    Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.


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