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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

Google Android allows malware to masquerade as legit, trusted apps thanks to weaknesses in the way the operating system checks digital certificates of authenticity. The flaw, dubbed Fake ID by its discoverers at Bluebox Security, affects all versions of Android from 2.1 (released in 2010) up to Android 4.4. Although Google …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2014
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American sent to the slammer for faking Windows certificates

On Wednesday, an American man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for pirating copies of Microsoft's Windows operating system - and Redmond wants the world to know about it. After an FBI investigation and a trial in the US District Court for Northern Georgia, Justin Harrison is the first person sentenced under a new …
Cade Metz, 09 Aug 2007
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MS sues resellers for counterfeit certificates

Microsoft is taking action against US resellers who are using dodgy Certificates of Authenticity (COA) to pass off counterfeit software as the real deal. Eight companies are facing legal action after a year-long investigation by Microsoft. The software giant bought hundreds of computer systems and packaged software. It was …
John Oates, 01 Dec 2004
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Microsoft sues Dutch companies for illegal COA use

Microsoft has successfully sued two Dutch companies it claims sold Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels without the appropriate software or repackaged them with different software. A Dutch judge ordered that the companies must now disclose a list of customers who bought the products, and pay back their illegal profits. …
Jan Libbenga, 18 Apr 2006
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MS takes big stick to Dutch resellers

At least a hundred Dutch hardware resellers are facing legal action by Microsoft for violation of the company's OEM licensing policy. OEM software is a special version of software that must be distributed pre-installed on the hard drive of a PC when it's manufactured or bundled with computer hardware. OEM software should never …
Jan Libbenga, 12 Jan 2005
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Court punishes software sellers 'not lining Bill Gates's pockets'

Microsoft has won a judgment against three individuals behind a company which unlawfully sold genuine and counterfeit Microsoft software and certificates. The three were found to be selling counterfeit software and of selling 'loose' certificates of authenticity – i.e. certificates not attached to computers – in breach of the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jul 2006
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Microsoft launches PC-rebuilding scheme

Microsoft Ireland has launched a scheme aimed at keeping PCs out of landfills and re-building them for use by schools and charities. The Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) programme, which was officially launched at the Rehab Recycle facility in Tallaght on Thursday, provides companies with a means of disposing of unused or …
Charlie Taylor, 17 Aug 2007
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MS updates: real Windows users only need apply

Microsoft is to stop providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system as part of its anti-piracy campaign. The company also says it is changing the way some of its Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) are matched during activation. This is because "a significant number" of COAs are stolen from …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Jan 2005
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Dodgy CDs doing the rounds

Microsoft today warned that up to 100,000 counterfeit software CDs are set to be circulated around the channel this week. The software giant said the fake Microsoft Office 97 Professional CDs threatened to flood the Christmas market at a retail cost of about £35 million in lost sales. The counterfeiters are claiming the CDs are …
Linda Harrison, 16 Dec 1998
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Microsoft considers buying banknote printing outfit

Microsoft is planning a bid for the international banknote printing outfit De La Rue, according to a report in yesterday's Sunday Times. Such a move would transcend satire: Gates in move to secure supply chain? Microsoft to challenge Intuit through integration of Money? Sorry, we give up. But although the scheme might on the …
John Lettice, 19 Oct 1998
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XP deloaded? MS tightens screws on loose product keys

Microsoft is tightening the screws further on pirate copies of Windows by disabling Internet activation of XP product keys for software distributed by all of the large OEMs. The move however doesn't take the company anywhere close to universal compliance, and seems more intended to reduce casual copying and leakage from the PC …
John Lettice, 25 Feb 2005
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eBay pulls Kevin Mitnick trinkets

What would you pay for a vintage computer once used by hacker Kevin Mitnick? How about a cell phone that he once spoke on, or a genuine prison I.D. card? On Monday, on-line auction house eBay cancelled an offering of Mitnick's official federal Bureau of Prisons inmate I.D. card, ending a flow of authentic Mitnick merchandise …
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Nov 2000
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MS beanies worry about Linux, suits, nasty governments

We shouldn't get too excited over the worries about open source that Microsoft expresses in its latest Form 10-Q filing to the SEC. It's certainly progress for open source software to have made it into the Microsoft beanies' contingency worry/butt-covering list, but the subject is only dealt with briefly, in fairly guarded terms …
John Lettice, 05 Feb 2003
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MS anti-piracy crew puts Suffolk dealer in the stocks

Pity Russell Simpson, joint owner of Suffolk-based resellers Greengage Computer Products, who has not only forked out an undisclosed sum in compensation for unwittingly flogging counterfeit copies of Microsoft software, but sentenced to the stocks too. For Simpson has been dragooned into supplying warning words in a Microsoft …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002