CNN Money: The company’s ability — and willingness — to take such an approach became apparent this week. Microsoft admitted in federal court documents that it forced its way into a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down and stop a potentially catastrophic leak of sensitive software. The company says its decision is justified.
From the company’s point of view, desperate times call for desperate measures. “In this case, we took extraordinary actions based on the specific circumstances,” said John Frank, one of the company’s top lawyers, in a blog post Thursday night.