Microsoft Mistakenly Accuses
2.6 Million Half A Million Of Having Pirated Versions Of Windows
from the ooops dept
Remember Microsoft's "Windows Genuine Advantage" program? The one that would tell you if you had a pirated copy of Windows, but was coming up with all sorts of false positives, causing trouble for plenty of legitimate users? Well, now it appears that Microsoft is 'fessing up to the fact that it may have mistakenly labeled somewhere around 2.6 million legitimate Windows users as "pirates." Update: Techweb has updated their article (without ever noting that they did so, or why they made the change), lowering the number from 2.6 million to around 500,000. Of course, they hid that in the stats by pointing out that it's less than half a percent of the 512 million systems validated through WGA. No matter what, though, that's a pretty large number of people falsely accused of piracy, and raises plenty of questions not just about the additional overhead costs for Microsoft in dealing with all of those false positives, but in the legitimacy of the entire program.