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Re: Windows 95 Espionage ( ?? )John Mayo - NSM (John.MayoCSCOE.AC.COM)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 12:02:39 -0500
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> > > Microsoft officials confirm that beta versions of Windows 95 include a > > > small viral routine called Registration Wizard. It interrogates every > > > system on a network gathering intelligence on what software is being run > > > on which machine. It then creates a complete listing of both Microsoft's > > > and competitors' products by machine, which it reports to Microsoft when > > > customers sign up for Microsoft's Network Services, due for launch later > > > this year. > > > Microsoft has stated that the Registration Wizard has to be run by a user, and the user has to "authorize" (via a dialog box) sending the info. According to them, the Registration Wizard is simply supposed to replace the paper-based resgistration card. > > > "In Short" column, page 88, _Information Week_ magazine, May 22, 1995 > > > > > > The implications of this action, and the attitude of Microsoft to plan > > > such action, beggars the imagination. > > > An update on this. A friend of mine got hold of the beta test CD > > > of Win95, and set up a packet sniffer between his serial port and the > > > modem. When you try out the free demo time on The Microsoft Network, it > > > transmits your entire directory structure in background. I can think of at least one reason for this (not that it is necessarily a good one): The MSN downloads new versions of itself automagically. Transmitting the directory structure *could be* a way to find somewhere to put the downloaded files (i.e. Where's the temp directory?). Of course, conspiracy theories are more fun. :) Disclaimer: I am a Unix admin, not a Windows 95 wizard. For more info, lots of trade magazines had followup articles last week. There were several letters to the editor in Information Week, I believe. Jack Mayo mayojohcscoe.ac.com | Disclaimer: What I say isn't what they say. Liberal: Freshly-arrested conservative. | Visualize Whirled Peas. Conservative: Freshly-mugged liberal. | Ignore my spelling mistakes. When does summertime come to Minnesota, you ask? Well, last year, I think it was a Tuesday. - /usr/games/fortune