Lawsuit Takes on Microsoft Security Flaws

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-10-02 Print this article Print

Microsoft this week was served with a class-action lawsuit surrounding the platform's vulnerabilities to worms and computer viruses.

Has the worm finally turned for Microsoft Corp.? The company on Thursday confirmed that it had received a proposed class-action lawsuit targeting Windows vulnerability to computer viruses, which could trigger "massive cascading failures" in global computer networks.
As first reported by Reuters, the suit also claims unfair competition and violation of consumer-rights laws.
The lawsuit appears to echo many assertions found in a recent report issued by the Computer and Communications Industry Association in Washington, D.C. It stated that security flaws on the Internet will only get worse unless governments, enterprises and home users make a conscious decision to move away from Microsofts software. The CCIA report, released a week ago, concluded that the ubiquity of Microsoft products has made the worlds computing infrastructure far more vulnerable to attacks and viruses than it would be were there more diversity of products. Click here more information on the CCIA report. In a discussion with, Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake confirmed that the Redmond, Wash., company had received a copy of the complaint and is conducting a legal review of it but declined to comment further on its allegations. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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