MS slams Office Crack DLL Author

Rohit Khare (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 17:11:47 -0500 (EST)

It Stoops to Conk Him

Microsoft has filed suit against a hacker in response to the posting of a
patch that allowed a trial version of Office 97 to be used indefinitely.
Christopher Fazendin, a 23-year-old Minnesotan, became the first hacker
ever to be sued by the giant corporation, a distinction he earned by
posting on his web page a patch that circumvents the timer encoded in a
trial version of Office 97 that was sold by Kinko's stores for $4.95.

The trial versions of the software were designed to time out after 90
days, after which users who wanted to keep using it could go out and buy it
-- or they could visit Fazendin's page and download his patch gratis.
Fazendin's patch became so notorious that Microsoft filed suit without even
asking him to take down his page first; how widely it was distributed is
not yet known, but Microsoft intends to find out who hit the site and what
kind of traffic there was on the newsgroups that spread the word about it.

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