The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Microsoft uses Pirated Software?

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 19, 2006

Located there are exactly nine WAV files, with a size between 80 and 360
Kilobytes. They serve as background sound during the Windows Media
Player Tour. When you open one of these files with the notepad, you at
first only see scrambled letters. Of course, you think, it's a sound
file, after all.

But things become interesting when you scroll
down to the very bottom in notepad. Located there is a type of
watermarking, which records the software that the Microsoft musician
used to create the WAV files.

We found the following text there:
LISTB INFOICRD 2000-04-06 IENG Deepz0ne ISFT Sound Forge 4.5

At
first, that sounds anything but spectacular. It seems as if the
Microsoft musician or the freelance musician commissioned by Microsoft
used the Sony-made software ” Sound Forge ” (formerly Sonic) in its 4.5
version. Sound Forge is a tool for professionals and enables users to
create WAV, AIFF, MP3 and other music files priced at $400.

On
its face, all that's not unusual: Microsoft uses professional software.
Who would've thought? But wait a minute, who or what is “DeepzOne”?

Bingo!

DeepzOne
is (or at least was) member of the Warez group Radium that had
specialized on cracking music software. Along with a person using the
alias “Sandor,” he was also co-founder of this group, which was
established in 1997( see in this interview ). In addition, it was
DeepzOne who started circulating the cracked 4.5 version of Sound Forge
a few years ago.

Found on the TechRepublic Forums.  DeepzOne is in my WAV files too…. hmmmm.

A few years back, the group “Radium” caused quite a stir. It cracked
the original Fraunhofer MP3 codec in order improve the limited MP3
codec that comes along with Microsoft. To listen to MP3s, the
Windows codec was solid, but it offered only limited encoding
functions. The Radium codec, by contrast, boasted an improved encoder
(up to 320 Kbit/s). During this Warez release, then, the name DeepzOne”
surfaced. But what is the name “DeepzOne” doing in nine WAV files in
Windows XP? Nothing more than a coincidence? One has the suspicion that
that the files were generated with the cracked version of Sound Forge
4.5. It's difficult to say whether Microsoft itself did that or one of
the freelancers. Only the Redmond-based employees in charge of the
Windows Media Player will know that for sure. It seems, though, as if
someone wanted to get around filling out an investment order to buy a
software worth $400.
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