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Wired: Call it Slash-and-Burn.org

May 12, 2000, 00:22 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

"Thursday just wasn't a good day for geek-culture destination Slashdot. First came the news that Microsoft ordered Slashdot to delete discussions of one of the company's security products. Just as angry Linux users were furiously lashing out at the nastygram from Redmond's legal department, a distributed denial of service attack hit Slashdot, taking it intermittently offline for a few hours. "

"The letter is particularly galling to Slashdotters since it includes a generous helping of everything they love to hate: Microsoft, lawyers, and the DMCA, which the motion picture industry has already used in one prominent lawsuit to try to stamp out a DVD-descrambling utility."

"Microsoft is concerned about a Slashdot thread from May 2 that talks about the company's proprietary extensions to the Kerberos security protocol, which was originally designed at MIT in the 1980s and has been adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force as an open standard. Microsoft Kerberos as used in Windows 2000 is partially incompatible with the rest of the computing world."

"As if that weren't offensive enough, to read Microsoft's own Kerberos specification, developers had to run an .exe file with a confidential license agreement included. That kind of hiding-technical-information approach didn't sit well with members of the Slashdot community, which quickly posted ways to download the specification and bypass the restrictive license agreement."

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