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 ieak.microsoft.com, 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.