Privacy experts and PC users alike blast Microsoft’s antipiracy tool
A Microsoft program designed to thwart software piracy has instead opened a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns. PC users cried foul when Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software frequently phoned home to Microsoft servers and apparently flagged some legitimate copies of the Windows operating system as pirated. The incident spawned two lawsuits and has raised concerns about what Microsoft is adding to its software updates.
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