Heading Off the Hackers
File it under the category of "be careful what you wish for." In early August at the Black Hat Conference, an annual meeting of computer security experts in Las Vegas, Microsoft handed out 3,000 test copies of its new operating system, Windows Vista, and challenged attendees to help spot security glitches. A short time later, Joanna Rutkowska obliged.
In a packed ballroom at Caesar's Palace, the 25-year-old Polish programming whiz delivered a devastating presentation in how to hack an earlier but similar test version of Vista. Before a crowd of fellow researchers and hackers, she bypassed security measures and implanted a potentially undetectable piece of malicious code called "Blue Pill." The presentation, titled "Subverting Vista Kernel for Fun and Profit," was rewarded with a hearty round of applause. Heading Off the Hackers
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