Microsoft "biggest hacker in China"

From the People’s Daily Online...

Software giant Microsoft has sparked a

major controversy among millions of Chinese computer users with the

nationwide launch yesterday of its “Screen Blackout” anti-piracy


Dong Zhengwei, 35, a Beijing lawyer, described

Microsoft “as the biggest hacker in China with its intrusion into

users’ computer systems without their agreement or any judicial


Dong, who filed a complaint with the Ministry of

Public Security on Sunday, told China Daily yesterday: “Microsoft’s

measure will cause serious functional damage to users’ computers and,

according to China’s Criminal Law, the company can stand accused of

breaching and hacking into computer systems of Chinese.”

Dong’s arguement is that Microsoft should “target producers and sellers of fake software, not  users.” Sort of akin to a defense of  “I knew the car was stolen, but as I didn’t actually do the stealing I should still be allowed to drive it.”

Ironically, Dong doesn’t seem to be up to date on the latest Chinese legislation. In Shenzhen, the regional government has just passed a new law stating that company’s have the right to protect the copyright of their software. For example, they can

adopt protection functions such as encryption software communication

protocols, software installation licenses, software registration

certificates and digital watermarkings. Any person who issues these

certifications without authorization; who breaks or counterfeits the

software communications protocol; who breaks the digital watermarking;

and who avoids or breaks the anti-piracy technology and equipment of

software will be punished with a fine of CNY30,000 to CNY70,000.