Judge permit Microsoft to keep WGA secrets

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones granted Microsoft's request to keep secret the details of its Windows antipiracy technology after the company claimed hackers could exploit the information if it were made public, in a two-year-old lawsuit that accuses the company of misleading customers when it updated its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) antipiracy software via its […]

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones granted Microsoft's request to keep secret the details of its Windows antipiracy technology after the company claimed hackers could exploit the information if it were made public, in a two-year-old lawsuit that accuses the company of misleading customers when it updated its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) antipiracy software via its Windows Update service.

"Public release of the WGA SDK Integration Specifications information would allow hackers to defeat the WGA Validation function by causing WGA to generate false results indicating that the system being tested is genuine, thereby creating great risk of harm to both Microsoft and users of Microsoft's software," Kochis asserted

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