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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    crystalattice (profile), 24 Oct 2008 @ 2:18am

    Re: not that many

    "- Apple OS is too much of a closed system to be used by most ppl.
    - A PC with a Linux OS(with all its different versions isn't much more than a big paper wait for the average user)."
    How is Windows any less of a closed system than Apple? Because you can buy any PC and have a copy of Windows on it? Because you can only (legally) have OS X on a Mac?

    The underlying OS is still a closed-source, proprietary system. You don't know what is being sent back "home". And with virtualization programs like Parallels or VMWare, you can still have Windows when you need it.

    Linux systems aren't paperweights for most people. Most people only need to do email, web surfing, and light office suite tools. Linux works just fine for that.

    Yes, I use all three OSes and I've encouraged friends and family to buy non-Windows systems. All have been happy with the switch.

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