[ZDNet] Microsoft's broken windows. (Literally)

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 14:38:52 -0800 (PST)

As I told Ernie, person XXX seeing a URL on the box of consumer item YYY
has been an oft-quoted thing in the media. I just like that it came
from Fred Baker, and it was about lipstick.

Below is a little light news for this Friday afternoon as I was doing
some bitsponging -- does this count as the breaking of one of the seven
seals toward bringing on Apocalypse now? Expect a mammoth post from me
sometime in the next week with all my recent findings. Meanwhile


> Microsoft's Broken Windows
> by Luke Reiter, 12/11/98, ZDNet
> The software superpower finds its Windows under attack -- literally.
> Legal attacks aren't the only problem plaguing Microsoft these days. On
> Wednesday, the company's main campus in Redmond, Washington was
> physically attacked - by a Texas man with no apparent connection to the
> software giant.
> Redmond police arrested 25-year-old Kristopher Stubenrauch, of
> Arlington, Texas, after he used a cement ashtray to shatter a window at
> Building 27 on the campus. Stubenrauch then allegedly climbed through
> the broken window, threw another object through a glass door, and turned
> over a table inside, destroying several large computer monitors. The
> attack occurred at 5:12 in the evening, while several employees were
> reportedly still inside. Redmond police confirmed on Thursday that they
> learned of the incident after receiving an emergency call from a
> Microsoft employee. Nobody in the building was injured.
> Officer Brian Coats, of the Redmond City Police Department, said the
> motive for the attack remains a mystery. Stubenrach is not currently a
> Microsoft employee, or even a recently fired former employee.
> "He didn't give any reason, and we don't know a lot about this man,"
> Coats said. "His last known address is in Arlington, Texas, he's 25, and
> at this point, that's all we know about him." Coats further discounted
> the possibility that Stubenrach was intoxicated during the incident.
> "There was no indication that he was under the influence of alcohol or
> drugs," he said. "He was somewhat despondent. He said that he was there
> to speak with Bill Gates, the owner of Microsoft. He was quite upset,
> said that his life was over, and was looking for some attention."
> Staubenrach made no attempt to flee from the police, Coats said. Upon
> arriving at Microsoft's Building 27, they found the suspect sitting in
> the lobby.
> Upon arrest, Staubenrach was booked into the Kings County Jail in
> Seattle, where he is under investigation for Malicious Mischief in the
> First Degree and Burglary in the Second Degree. Both are felonies under
> Washington state law.
> "It is very strange," Coats said.
> "It makes you wonder where he came from, what he was doing here, and
> what his beef was. I'd hate to come to any conclusions without knowing
> more about his mental make-up, especially on that night. I think that's
> something that's going to be investigated further by our detectives in
> the next couple of days."


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