Missing password made the Microsoft hack easier
The break-in into Microsoft's company network at the end of October last year was made possible by a configuration glitch on one of the Windows servers. The outgoing Chief Operating Officer Bob Herbhold announced details of the break-in to the Seattle Times at a lecture at the Business School of the University of Washington.
The still unknown hackers were able to access the internal company network because one the server, which was later to be delivered to a customer, had an empty password, ie Microsoft had not changed the default values. The hackers are said to have penetrated the network itself via a Trojan horse belonging to a Microsoft employee, but this has still not been confirmed by Microsoft. The FBI is still investigating the case.