We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

MS seeks to limit damage from DRM hack

Urgent software update issued

Microsoft has been forced to issue an urgent software update to secure the solution it offers to digital music stores, following an easy and successful hack.

A new hack called FairUse4WM emerged last week. According to reports, the software strips the digital rights management system from tracks encoded using Microsoft's Windows Media and PlaysForSure technology.

That's the same technology used by a variety of Windows-using stores, including Napster.

FairUse4WM will even strip the protection from tracks provided using subscription-based music services, making it possible for users to download limitless music tracks for free.

Once the security has been stripped from the track, music can be imported into iTunes using QuickTime and Flip4Mac.

FairUse4WM works one file at a time and requires Windows Media 10.0 or 11.0.

Having succesfully tested the software, EnGadget warns: "Now watch as Microsoft shuts down the forums and runs damage control in order to prevent its entire digital media platform collapsing."

The release of the software exposes the weakness of business plans based on DRM, as the contest between technology and music companies and consumers wanting fair use of their legally purchased music seems set to intensify.


IDG UK Sites

Galaxy S6 UK release date, price, specs: When is the Samsung Galaxy S6 coming out? Galaxy S6 launch6......

IDG UK Sites

5 things we hate about MWC: What it's like to be a journalist at a technology trade show

IDG UK Sites

Interview: Lauren Currie aims to help design students bridge skills gap

IDG UK Sites

12in Retina MacBook Air release date rumours: new MacBook Air to have fingerprint ID, could launch...