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Bittorrent vs software protection

Posted by John Browne on May 15, 2012 6:22:00 AM

Microsoft is trying yet another approach to end P2P file sharing of their software. Ironically it involves them investing in a Russian startup aimed at blocking bittorrent traffic by creating confusing false connections. 

The only problem is it doesn't work. Well, not very well at least. They were able to block 42,000 downloads of this blockbuster. But it will cost (between $12,000 and $50,000 --dollars, nyet?).

The other problem is this tune's been sung before. (Great read, BTW, especially where they got hacked by some high school kids.) Different methods (not very good, actually) but same general idea.

This is no way to achieve software protection. This is akin the scene in Blazing Saddles where they fool the bad guys into attacking a fake town.

Microsoft and other publishers should spend their time focusing on how to make it tougher to copy their software in the first place, not how to keep cracked software from being shared. 

Topics: Copy Protection, Anti-piracy, software protection