Paul, I have read this entire thread several times, and what I get out of this is, "Ignore what the guy did, ignore Google, and focus on why Microsoft isn't fixing the problem!" Am I right here? Under the assumption that I am, I am going to ask you: How can they fix it if they only recently learned of it? If they don't respond, everyone and their brother will assume they knew about it for months and are just the same old "we will fix it when it becomes an issue" instead of being proactive. Yes, this is an issue, but I agree with most others here that the "Hacker" who released it is the bigger problem and issue in this case. Microsoft, I am sure, has people working feverishly on this, but there are others that MUST respond to this so all know that they were working in good faith (even if the extent of that is debatable) and the Google employee, with or without Google condoning his act, acted at best irresponsibly and at worst, maliciously.
Sorry steel, you are mistaken there.
If I ever gave you the impression that Google needs to be ignored, it is only in the context of separating who Google is from what Google done and that's only for those who have already fallen to the Google vs. Microsoft line of argument.
Again in the context of analogical hyperbole, it would be like having someone from either the Left or Right reveal a false flag operation to help reduce any modern day American pseudo-war, pseudo-imperialism efforts and then having their actions villified because it was illegal and risked the lives of many soldiers and then the entire public outcry is all about how that person (whichever his affiliation) become a case of Right vs. Left and which side was wrong or right.
My reply would then be tantamount to saying to those people: "We should lessen our focus on the illegality or affiliation the whistle blower represents and focus just as much on how even when it was revealled, our government remains vigilant in selling us propaganda and keeping us distracted from the core issue or even worse, force us to argue against our own biases rather than make us aware how even though several administrations have ended the war, they are still trying to create a new one even as they have not yet totally washed their hands of their previous bloody history."
As far "why isn't Microsoft fixing the problem?" that was a non-relevant issue to me as the original article didn't really hint to that one way or another. However, I don't really see why Microsoft wouldn't fix the problem. Even if they aren't focusing on security nowadays, news of this just makes them look worse especially after the statement has dilluted the point of how some people may be exasperated by their past history. To me, it's a clear necessity from all sides that they should fix the issue.