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Waiting for a digital Sept. 11

After a rash of security flaws wreaked havoc upon millions of people who use Microsoft’s operating systems, Steve Ballmer blew into Silicon Valley this week to make a public mea culpa in front of a roomful of industry executives. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club, Microsoft’s chief executive confessed to being “humbled” by the attacks and pledged to redouble the software maker’s efforts to make its products more secure. I don’t think a staged P.R. event will mollify angry computer users. Ballmer’s handlers no doubt recognized the groundswell of resentment building in reaction to the security holes turning up in Microsoft software. Still, there’s a limit to how far you can dun Microsoft for faults, real and imagined. The company obviously has a lot of work to do. But in pinning blame for the seemingly never ending series of cyberattacks, don’t lose sight of the fact that the real culprits in this novella are the bad guys who break the law by writing viruses. Full Story

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