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Nice try on security, Microsoft

In response to the news story written by Robert Lemos and Margaret Kane "Microsoft sets up virus-hunting fund":

Nice try on security, Microsoft

Nice article. Unfortunately, this is all just a dog and pony show.

Microsoft has been under fire for years to get control of its security holes. This is one of the largest technology companies in the world with offices in every country that has the Internet. Yet, Microsoft still can't get a handle on its own products.

This is going to blow up in the company's face. Microsoft is trying to force people to stop writing viruses and will use the full extent of the law to back it up. This will just make tracking down the virus authors all the harder since hackers will cover their tracks even more so. And if the hacking really does subside, then foreign agencies can take advantage of the Microsoft holes that have not been uncovered due to fewer security breaches committed by our own population.

Microsoft instead should develop a Windows hacker user group and put its $5 million into that. Each person breaking into Microsoft operating systems and server products would then end up working with the company's own developers to fix the hole. In return they can become beta testers for future Microsoft products, while the member's name would be recognized by major corporations when they go to apply for a job.

Once again, poor management proves why Microsoft needs to purge its monolithic company structure, and separate its product lines from each other to allow for more competition in the industry.

Ron Shafii
Portland, Ore.