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Microsoft blames security info-sharing program for attack code leak

Gregg Keizer | March 19, 2012
Microsoft confirmed that sample attack code created by the company had likely leaked to hackers from a program it runs with antivirus vendors.

Microsoft launched MAPP in 2008. The program has 79 security firm partners, including AVG, Cisco, Kaspersky, McAfee, Trend Micro and Symantec, as well as several Chinese antivirus companies. A full list of MAPP members can be found on this Microsoft Web page .

On Friday, Wee did not say whether Microsoft had a list of suspects, but noted that all information it passes to MAPP partners was under a "a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)." If the leak did originate with a MAPP partner, it would be the first ever for the program.

Microsoft's MS12-020 update patches the RDP bug, and can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through Windows Server Update Services.


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