Thus far the Windows Phone 7 platform hasn't reportedly been
suffering as severely from piracy as Apple's iOS or Google's Android.
However, Microsoft may be in for a similar fate as its competitors.
In six hours, a developer advising technical blog site WPCentral was
able to create an app (named "FreeMarketPlace") that downloaded any
app from Microsoft's WP7 Marketplace, and removed the protections from it [video]. The cracked app could then be
directly loaded on an unlocked handset, or be saved to your hard drive.
WPCentral was ardent that it
would not publish details of how the hack worked, and that it only made the
video as a cry to action for Microsoft. The site comments, "We are
confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part
due to this proof-of-concept demonstration."
The site had previously laid out a plan of attack for
cracking Microsoft's DRM scheme, writing that the necessary steps were to:
report came following the post of a white paper detailing the initial steps on the XDA site (a resource for Microsoft developers) by hacker named V@l€n.
Keep in mind, however, without security protections properly in
place, pirate programs may be unexpectedly modified to contain trojans or other
Modified apps distributed via third-party apps stores were identified this week
as creating a growing Android phone botnet in China. Thus
when WP7's DRM is eventually cracked in full, beware if you're downloading
pirated apps with your phone.
quote: We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system
quote: Personally I don't see how MS could survive in the current mobile ecosystem without it. Developers will not take the new mobile OS seriously if it is rampant with piracy from the beginning
quote: Will most DRM schemes eventually be cracked? Sure..
quote: Will DRM detect many from the illicit activies in the first place? Yes..
quote: Whether or not the DRM is a failure is hardly dependent on whether or not the scheme is bypassed.
quote: Correlation != Causation
quote: Nor are your vague inferences fact.
quote: Its not a terrible thing to know that what you are downloading comes from at least a semi secure source.
quote: DRM in the current mobile space can actually help the consumer depending on the user.
quote: While I do agree with your post if we were talking about the PC world, I don't agree one bit looking at the current mobile ecosystem.
quote: If the masses really cared about all the things you mention, then why are people on all platforms buying up mobile software like no tomorrow?
quote: You are not the entire consumer base, so please stop pretending as though you are the voice for everyone.
quote: And really how are you punished with DRM in the mobile space?
quote: i.e was trying out a piece of software on my jailbroken device
quote: So please enlighten me, who is being punished here and how? What are you not being allowed to do?
quote: Anyone who cares knows how to bypass it, anyone who does not can sit in their walled garden pretending they are safe.
quote: The fact remains MS had little choice here, developers are not going to stay with a new platform that is not protected, even if that protection is not as great as it seems. The fact that the DRM scheme itself will eventually be infective is completely irrelevant, without it they won't be in business.
quote: Argue for what you believe in but please, use some common sense. Like it or not, its a requirement for a new platform these days as all existing platforms have employed some form of DRM.