Security experts brace for viruses in Microsoft's Windows Vista.
Microsoft's long-awaited Windows Vista release Thursday for business customers will get more than just the passing attention of network administrators. That's because hackers will be eagerly waiting to do what hackers do best: start some mischief.
The software that took $7 billion, five years, and armies of programmers is now going to be the target of hacker attacks looking to prove a point: that no Microsoft software is secure.
It's also a chance to prove Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who's made some bold security claims, dead wrong on Vista.
That's got security firms facing an early Christmas present?namely lots of problems and steady business.
?I will sleep well tonight knowing that Vista is not the end-all to security,? said Ron O?Brien, senior security analyst at Sophos, the afternoon before Microsoft's historic release.
Burlington, Massachusetts-based security firm Sophos, whose labs have been testing Vista, on Thursday released a top 10 list of virus concerns. The researcher said that Vista is already vulnerable via web email to the Stratio-Zip worm, which is the most widely circulated piece of malware.