21 April 2009
You don't get anywhere in business without making some enemies along the
way, as Bill Gates found today when the portal of Microsoft news website
MSN in New Zealand was attacked by hackers, who rerouted visitors to an
image of the Microsoft founder with pie on his face.
The previous targets of 'Peace Crew', a loosely-affiliated group of
hackers who claimed responsibility for the security breach, have
included the BBC and NATO websites, with their motivations largely
believed to be political. In the case of the MSN New Zealand website,
they posted messages reading "STOP THE WAR ISRAEL".
The image was taken in 1998 when Gates was hit with a pie by French
anarchist Paul Godin.
MSN responded with a short statement from business manager Liz Fraser.
"The cause of this discrepancy has been identified and we are currently
working with our Microsoft technology and security teams in the US to
resolve the matter as quickly as possible today, " it read.
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