Chinese Windows Users Accuse Microsoft Of Hacking Their Computers

from the a-successful-antipiracy-day,-huh? dept

Part of Microsoft's big antipiracy day festivities was to talk about how it was ramping up efforts to crack down on unauthorized copies of its software in China (again, despite the fact that unauthorized copies in China are part of what helped establish Microsoft software as the de facto standard there). The efforts in China include more use of what Microsoft likes to call "Windows Genuine Advantage" -- which is really a DRM system known mostly for falsely accusing legitimate buyers of being pirates. Approximately half a million legitimate buyers were accused of piracy, leading many to suggest that WGA is quite similar to a rootkit, making your computer not function properly, all in the name of stopping piracy.

Over in China, it appears that they're not at all happy about WGA. Last year, a student there sued Microsoft for privacy violations in sending info back to Redmond via WGA, and in response to Microsoft's "get tough on piracy" campaign, apparently a bunch of folks in China are publicly denouncing WGA as being an illegal intrusion on their computers. They're accusing the company of trying to control computers without permission and of "hacking" their systems. Microsoft's response, of course, would be that legitimate buyers have nothing to worry about -- even though that doesn't quite seem to be the case. Still, it's difficult to feel all that sympathetic for the complainers -- as they should have known what they were getting with Windows. If they don't like it, there are other options on the market.

Filed Under: china, hacking, rootkit, windows genuine advantage
Companies: microsoft

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2008 @ 6:27am

    Re: not that many

    Um, at least for English speaking countries, Ubuntu is apparently kicking ass for the average user. The average computer user checks email, browses the 'Net, types up stuff and does their bills.

    All they need is a browser, e-mail client, word processor, and spreadsheet maker. All of those readily available for free and usually pre-installed.

    Truth be told, DirectX is the primary selling point for Windows in the home market. If Microsoft didn't have DirectX, game makers wouldn't have a reason to only make it on Windows.

    And face it, DirectX is pretty damn good. There is a reason OpenGL and OpenAL have been runners up usually, and not for lack of OpenGL games (I have a few; Half Life comes to mind).

    And I'm sure OSX from Apple can do all the stuff Linux can, considering it's based on Linux now.

    So really, for home users, there are only 2 reasons to be going with Windows:

    1. It is familiar.
    2. You play video games.

    For 98% of the other things you need a PC for, Apple's OS X and most Linux distributions will work more than fine.

    Using Windows in a business environment is a different matter, and has more to do with Active Directory (which you can use with OS X with a few third party solutions).

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