Hacker Unlocks Microsoft's DRM
Underlying the attack on Microsoft's Digital Rights
Management (DRM) technology is the belief among members of the multimedia
underground that they should have the ability to back up copyrighted media files
that they have purchased in the event of a primary system malfunction.
Microsoft, however, may see this as an open door to pirates and unlimited P2P
A member of the Doom9 Forum known only as "Divine Tao" claims to have defeated
Microsoft's Digital Rights Management (DRM) platform for securing the
distribution of digital media files over the Internet. According to other Forum
members who have already downloaded it, the new utility program for PCs running
Windows XP and Vista not only works wonderfully but can even run on Microsoft's
Divine Tao's exploitation of a chink in Microsoft's armor merely represents
the latest clash between the software giant and members of the multimedia underground who believe they
have the right to store archival copies of the copyrighted multimedia files they
purchase in the event that their hard disks ever crash.
However, the same technology can also be used to illegally copy and
distribute copyrighted programs for free. That potential for piracy is of grave
concern to multimedia content vendors who depend on Microsoft's DRM platform to
ensure that only those who pay for the privilege can download the multimedia
files they offer.
Though it is always dismaying when an attack occurs, the cracking of
Microsoft's DRM platform is hardly the end of the world, according to one
long-time Microsoft observer.
"Security overall is an ongoing battle and no one can ever declare total
victory or relax their vigilance," Yankee Group research fellow Laura DiDio
explained. In terms of their numbers and the time they can devote, there are
more hackers than a security team even as large as Microsoft's can deal with, she continued.
"It's just a fact of 21st century computer life, because nothing is
hack-proof," said DiDio. "Microsoft just has to address the issue as fast as
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