Microsoft, Hacker Meet

Amsterdam

Microsoft Corp. earlier this month met with Dimitri, the Dutch hacker who recently mocked the software giant by hacking into one of its Web servers twice within one week.

Dimitri, a 19-year-old IT student, visited Microsoft's office near Amsterdam's airport. There, he met with the company's public relations manager and three staffers, Microsoft confirmed.

Dimitri recently hacked into the same Web server twice - the second time after Microsoft had said the hole was patched. Dimitri created files in Microsoft's system boasting of his hack and alerted the media. Both Microsoft and Dimitri are being secretive about their meeting.

Adam Sohn, a Microsoft spokesman, said Microsoft hasn't "as of now" filed charges against Dimitri. Sohn declined to comment on the meeting, stating that "the topic and character are confidential."

Experts have an explanation for the secrecy. "Obviously, they were talking about security. If Dimitri found a new security problem, they would want to keep that under wraps," said Elias Levy, chief technology officer at SecurityFocus.com, a computer security firm in San Mateo, Calif.

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