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Microsoft Acknowledges, Issues Statement on Security Breach

Security breach will have no impact on customers, says Microsoft statement.

Microsoft last week acknowledged a security breach of its corporate network by hackers and has issued a statement on its Web site downplaying the severity of the incident.

Hackers infiltrated the network via a Trojan program called QAZ that slips in through an e-mail message and were able to access Microsoft's networks for 12 days in October. Rumors surfaced that the company's source code may have been stolen or compromised, but according to the Microsoft statement, it had no evidence of hackers gaining "access to the source code for Office or any Windows product." The statement also says that the company believes the incident will have no impact on customers who use Microsoft products.

Microsoft's statement on the incident can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/001027.asp. Reports about the security incident are available from numerous sources, including:

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