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BitArts Labs claims Microsoft's WindowsXP software anti-piracy approach is flawed

Nottingham, UK 26, October 2001 - The anti-theft features incorporated in WindowsXP that Microsoft claimed would put an end to software theft were broken within hours of the product being launched on 25 October 2001.

Already Crackers have developed illegal installation files that bypass the registration process for Microsoft's WindowsXP. These files can now be downloaded from Web sites in the Far East and cracked copies of WindowsXP, with the protection mechanism stripped out, can be downloaded from Warez sites across the Internet.

UK based BitArts Labs highlighted issues with the anti-theft protection mechanism of WindowsXP in beta versions of the product that Microsoft claimed would be resolved in the final product release of XP.

"Crackers have studied and bypassed the security by using publicly available monitoring tools. The cracks are simplistic in their nature and reflect an uncanny naivety from the Redmond giant on the high level of technical intellect within today's cracking community," said John Safa, chief technology officer, BitArts Labs. "If they'd taken our advice they really wouldn't be having these problems."

BitArts believes that Microsoft is right to introduce license activation but needs to adopt an approach that actually works.

"The design of many company's activation technologies and this includes Microsoft provide no barrier to today's advanced cracking techniques. Companies must learn to understand cracking ideologies or they will be consistently caught out. The industry is educated in the art of hacking but the elusive world of cracking allows the inner workings of applications to be reversed and modified," said Danny Chapchal, chief executive, BitArts.

BitArts Labs is the only organisation in the world to have developed uncracked techniques to prevent software piracy and attack by Internet viruses and trojans.

About BitArts Labs

BitArts Labs (formerly BitArts) is a software development company that is focused primarily on the development of protection, security and encryption software providing solutions for the secure delivery of software applications and digital content, digital rights management and license management over the Internet. BitArts' suite of products incorporate the functionality for the successful management and distribution of secure and protected software and digital content, copyright and licensing protection as well as the collection of royalties from such content.

The company was founded in 1998 by Chief Technology Officer, John Safa and now boasts an impressive management line-up which includes Danny Chapchal as CEO and Dr Cheryl Shavers, former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Science and Technology in the Clinton Administration, as Chairperson. BitArts is headquartered in Nottingham, UK with customers in more than 65 countries.

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