Microsoft Spits into the Wind

By Deane Barker on August 3, 2006

Microsoft to hackers: Take your best shot: I’m fascinated to see how this is going to work out.

After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world’s best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.

Microsoft made a test version of Vista available to about 3,000 security professionals Thursday as it detailed the steps it has taken to fortify the product against attacks that can compromise bank account numbers and other sensitive information.