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Microsoft sheds reputation as easy mark for hackers

Tech giant has cleaned up its act but critics urge it to do even more to make digital systems resistant to breaches

"They (Microsoft employees) might still sit in different organisations, but they sit together, and they work together. We're connecting the information systems so that people see the complete picture and not just information silos," says Mr Smith, the firm's president and chief legal officer.

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MICROSOFT was once the epitome of everything wrong with security in technology. Its products were so infested with vulnerabilities that the company's co-founder, Bill Gates, once ordered all of Microsoft engineers to stop writing new code for a month and focus on