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.
In a discussion with eWEEK.com, 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.
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