9/27/2006

Microsoft sues over source code theft

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:01 am

Microsoft has filed a federal lawsuit against an alleged hacker who broke through its copy protection technology, charging that the mystery developer somehow gained access to its copyrighted source code.

For more than a month, the Redmond, Wash., company has been combating a program released online called FairUse4WM, which successfully stripped anticopying guards from songs downloaded through subscription media services such as Napster or Yahoo Music.

Microsoft has filed a federal lawsuit against a mystery hacker, saying “Viodentia” must have gained access to proprietary source code in order to break through its DRM technology.

This latest round of copy-protection headaches comes at a delicate time for Microsoft, as it prepares to launch a music player and service that could put partners’ noses out of joint.

Microsoft has released two successive patches aimed at disabling the tool. The first worked–but the hacker, known only by the pseudonym “Viodentia,” quickly found a way around the update, the company alleges. Now the company says this was because the hacker had apparently gained access to copyrighted source code unavailable to previous generations of would-be crackers.

In a Web posting early Wednesday morning, Viodentia denied using any copyrighted Microsoft code, and released yet another version of his tool.

Source: News.com

 

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