Microsoft was left red faced yesterday and suffering from a severe case of "do as I say and not as I do", when three of its international websites were defaced, quite possibly by hackers using the exploit the company warned about only two days ago.
The increasingly well known hacker group going by the name of the Prime Suspectz yesterday hit Microsoft's .co.uk, .sa and .mx sites, appending a cheeky message: "Hey, prime suspectz owned MS again and again and again", on each index page.
Paul Rogers, network security analyst at MIS, said that in all likelihood the pages were defaced using the newly discovered exploit in IIS 5, a serious vulnerability which Microsoft has only just released an advisory about.
"I would think every other exploit known has been tried against the Microsoft sites in the past and it has probably secured its servers against all of them, so the chances are that these defacements were done using the internet print exploit in IIS 5," said Rogers.
"This is very much a case of 'do as I say and not as I do'," he added.
The three sites are all functioning normally now, and hopeful hackers can probably assume that Microsoft has taken its own advice and got around to patching the servers.
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