Internet Security

‘Windows 2000’ users’ emails, credit card numbers susceptible to hacking

Washington, November 13: Computer scientists at the University of Haifa have found that emails, passwords, and credit card numbers typed on a computer using Microsoft’s “Windows 2000” operating system are susceptible to hacking.

"This is not a theoretical discovery. Anyone who exploits this security loophole can definitely access this information on other computers, " said Dr. Benny Pinkas from the Department of Computer Science at the university.

The researchers have discovered the security loophole in the random number generator of Windows, a program that acts as a critical building block for file and email encryption.

Symantec rates Microsoft Vista as Highly Secure OS

According to the SymantecSymantec’s 11th Internet Security Threat Report, Microsoft Vista has been ranked as the most secure operating system than its competitors. During its initial three months, Windows Vista offered huge security success as compared to other OS like Windows XP, Mac OS X and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Workstation etc, and hence, helping the different organizations to achieve their business and computing goals with confidence. The second best performer, during the initial 90 days, was Red Hat Linux which took an average of 58 days to address a total of 208 vulnerabilities.

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