WGA Phones home June 11, 2006Posted by rjdohnert in Tech News.
Microsofts WGA has been discovered to phonme home and give Microsoft certain details about the system " Windows XP product key, PC maker, operating system version, PC bios information and the user's local setting and language." Microsoft is planning to change the habit from every bootup to every 14 days and plans to stop check-in altogether
My Take; As Lauren Weinstein put it, Very disturbing. Not that Microsoft is trying to stop piracy, but that it happened in the first place. WGA overall has been a failure, as people are simply cracking the WGA on these software packages for validated users. This lack of full disclosure simply shows more work needs to be done.