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    An FBI task force hunted for a cyber-criminal who posted on the Internet source code for Windows. In jeopardy is Microsoft’s near-monopoly on operating systems found on 90 per cent of the world’s personal computers.
    “I can confirm that” the North-west Cybercrime Task Force was investigating, FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs told AFP yesterday.

    “Microsoft source code is both copyrighted and protected as a trade secret,” the company said in a statement posted on its website yesterday. “As such, it is illegal to post it, make it available to others, download it or use it.
    The posted program is part of the source codes, or blueprints, for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0, according to the company. Counterfeiters have been trying to get their hands on Windows source code for years.
    Good grief...and I don't see them doing anything when vB was under DDoS..
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    Well, James and John aren't quite a rich as Bill Gates now are they?
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    • #3
      And 90% of worlwide PC users don't use Windows, therefore making it a huge security risk

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ManagerJosh
        Good grief...and I don't see them doing anything when vB was under DDoS..
        Maybe because they were using tip forms to contact the FBI while Microsoft used the phone.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shining Arcanine
          Maybe because they were using tip forms to contact the FBI while Microsoft used the phone.
          Jelsoft did make phone calls. They were just never returned.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Andy Z
            Jelsoft did make phone calls. They were just never returned.
            That's true. I specifically picked up the phone and called the FBI myself.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shining Arcanine
              Maybe because they were using tip forms to contact the FBI while Microsoft used the phone.
              Actually, numerous phone calls were made to multiple offices.
              Translations provided by Google.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wayne Luke
                Actually, numerous phone calls were made to multiple offices.
                Did you get a live person? Did you try going to the office in person? Do you live in the US?

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                • #9
                  Yes, I spoke to a 'live' person and live in the U.S. Why?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Steve Machol
                    Yes, I spoke to a 'live' person and live in the U.S. Why?
                    They don't like the british
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                    • #11
                      I was looking into internet crime today, and it appears that the United States Secret Service handles this, more than the FBI... I stumbled upon this page: http://www.secretservice.gov/net_intrusion_forms.shtml
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Steve Machol
                        Yes, I spoke to a 'live' person and live in the U.S. Why?
                        Did you mention the guy was in Saudi Arabia? The FBI only handles (or is supposed to) internal affairs. If they know the guy is in Saudi Arabia off the bat, they aren't going to do anything. The CIA on the other hand handles external affairs and they would investigate if you said the guy was in Saudi Arabia.

                        Originally posted by Mr. HillBilly
                        They don't like the british
                        Scottland Yard helps people who live in England.

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                        • #13
                          That's becase Scotland Yard IS in England.
                          Last edited by assassingod; Tue 17 Feb '04, 4:38am.

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                          • #14
                            To answer the above comments:

                            1. I am not British.
                            2. Yes, I told the FBI where the attacker was from.
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                            • #15
                              That is probably why they didn't help you. It is similiar to asking for Invision support on the vBulletin support forums.

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