By HELEN JUNG AP Business Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- A group in China released a program Friday that lets
hackers exploit a flaw in Microsoft software and take over a victim's
computer over the Internet.
The program, released nine days after Microsoft Corp. announced the
flaw, has turned an embarrassment for the company and inconvenience
for customers into a near-emergency.
The program, posted on the group's Web site, takes advantage of a
vulnerability in nearly all versions of Microsoft's Windows operating
system, including Windows Server 2003, touted as Microsoft's safest
The Redmond software giant has urged corporate and home users to
download a free software fix, but many consumers _ particularly
companies with hundreds or thousands of computers at risk _ probably
have not yet done so, said Marc Maiffret, co-founder of eEye Digital
Security Inc. of Aliso Viejo, Calif.