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Microsoft plans bi-annual hacker meetings

by Nikola Strahija on August 3rd, 2005 Microsoft will make a recent hacker meeting held at its Washington headquarters a twice-yearly event, according to a spokesman for the vendor's security group.

The company plans to host another "Blue Hat" in the autumn, Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in Microsoft's security unit, said on Monday.

In sessions at the initial Microsoft Blue Hat event, security researchers demonstrated to both Microsoft executives and developers how flaws in their software products could be exploited.

In one presentation, hackers set up a wireless network and showed how a laptop running Windows XP Service Pack 2 could be lured into joining a potentially malicious network, Toulouse said.

Demonstrating these kinds of possible security holes really surprised product developers, which is why Microsoft wants to host the event regularly, he said. Such warm feelings are unlikely to be challenged however when hackers do things the company isn't so comfortable with - a prime example being the news that Microsoft's brand-new anti-piracy measures had been cracked just a day after their release.

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