Hackers have reportedly gained access to Microsoft's computer
systems by using a worm called W32/Qaz.
According to reports in the Wall Street Journal confidential
commercial information may have been stolen from Microsoft and sent
to an email address in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A Microsoft spokesman said "This is a deplorable act of
industrial espionage and we will work to protect our intellectual
Microsoft says they have asked the FBI to investigate, and that
their systems are now secure.
W32/Qaz, which was first seen in August 2000, allows hackers to
take control of remote computers. Sophos Anti-Virus users who have
kept their protection up-to-date are protected against this
"Companies should take this incident as a warning that anyone
can be affected by a virus or Trojan horse," said Graham Cluley,
senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The way to
reduce the risk is not only to use up-to-date anti-virus software,
but also to educate staff to practice safe computing to reduce the chances