Microsoft: No Plans to Tweak DRM Download Mechanism
By Ryan Naraine
January 13, 2005
Microsoft Corp. says it has no plans to change the way its Windows Media Player handles the download of DRM licenses.
Amid reports that malicious hackers are using the anti-piracy mechanism to infect computers with spyware, adware, dialers and computer viruses, Microsoft officials stressed that the latest attack scenario does not exploit a vulnerability in the software.
"Not every problem comes with an automatic technology solution. In this case, the priority is to educate users and get them to understand the importance of not downloading files from untrusted sources," said Mike Coleman, lead product manager with Microsoft's Windows division.
"If strangers are trying to entice you to open a file, chances are they're setting you up for a bad experience. We need to continue our work on getting people to understand what's going on and get them to develop better download habits," Coleman told eWEEK.com.