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IT-Director: Microsoft Runs Into More Hacker Grief

Aug 21, 1999, 00:47 (16 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft has wound up its hype machine in its usually efficient manner and launched its digital music technology, Windows Media Audio (WMA), straight into a nest of worms, trojans and viruses. Ready and waiting for it out there on the Internet was a program created by a hacker, or if you like 'cracker', which strips away the security from WMA files, removing all playback restrictions. News of the existence of the file, charmingly named 'unfuck.exe' first emerged on Dimension Music, a Web site that champions the competing MP3 music format."

"...the music industry needs a way to protect audio copyright over the internet and a group of technology companies and record labels have launched the Secure Digital Music Initiative in an attempt to achieve this.

Thus far no failsafe approach has emerged."

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