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Chapter 8. Defending Against Hackers (Po... > The Extent of the Problem

The Extent of the Problem

Windows operating systems represent the largest installed base of any client operating system. A large number of server systems are also installed throughout the world. Something with hundreds of millions of users would naturally become a target for hacking and attempts to break security, if only because of the large chance that a successful exploit could land something valuable. It seems believable that someone is always trying to break into a Windows system.

That is true. Someone somewhere is always trying to find the next exploit or security hole to try. They do this for a variety of reasons. Some are working at Microsoft and in the process of improving their own product, while others are working at other security companies that work with Microsoft to patch holes before making them public. Some hackers want to cause trouble because they don’t like Microsoft as a company, and some because it gives them bragging rights. Finally, a very small number of people are intent on causing harm or stealing information for profit.


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