Microsoft DRM Hacked, Again

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It seems Microsoft will have to take some time from preventing software piracy to reclaim the sanctity of its digital rights management (DRM) technology.

Microsoft's DRM, the protective measure used to prevent hackers, or anyone for that matter, from using Windows Media files for purposes not condoned by the Redmond-based company, has apparently been circumvented. That's the word from hacker site, which recently boasted the forum post of one "Divine Tao", presenting download links to an updated version of FairUse4WM. The program effectively rips Microsoft's DRM from said Windows Media files, making life easier for illegal file sharers. (Source:

In response...well, it seems Microsoft has little response. A company statement simply assured that, "Microsoft is aware of the DRM issue, and the breach response team is verifying the circumvention". (Source:

So, what is DRM?

Digital rights management may be the most controversial term in music today. When a user downloads music from iTunes or the new, legal Napster, they're limited in how many times they can rip that file. Although Napster DRM allows one to burn a music file to a CD an unlimited number of times, it can be copied to just three computers. This significantly limits the ability one has to share a song online, through protocols like Limewire or a beloved Torrent.

In recent months, Apple has begun offering a DRM-free, premium-priced version of its iTunes music. It's in response to many hacking and electronic freedom activists, who believe corporate control should stop once a song is purchased.

Despite Apple's measures, Microsoft remains vigilant against those who punch holes in its DRM technology. Last September it filed a lawsuit against ten offenders in Seattle, with charges relating to the unauthorized use of an older variation of FairUse4WM.

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