? Homing Device Found In Photoshop 6 and 7?

vbimport

#1

it seems an hoax. does someone know something about this crap?

It was announced today by Adobe, Inc. that the upgrade to Photoshop 6.1 and Photoshop 7 added a special devices that 'phones home' the registration number and collected computer data to create a unique # (similar to what is found in Windows XP).
Obviously, this was a move to collect a list of its pirated software. Adobe has been compiling the list since the release of their free 6.1 upgrade last July. CNN reports that the list has been sent to the FBI, more here:
Adobe Systems, Inc, makers of the popular computer graphics program Photoshop, announced on Friday that they have compiled and submitted a list of more than 25,000 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses with duplicate serial numbers for versions six and seven of their product. A spokesman from Adobe says "We installed what is called a 'callback' on Photoshop to try and curb piracy. It essentially sends installation information to our servers upon first use." The FBI plans to work with national and local Internet Service Providers (ISP) to find and convict those responsible.
The software is reported to only phone home once, during your idle period. It is speculated that users running UD Device's cancer reasearch program will not be succeptable to the phoning home, because that takes up idle times. Then again, if you're working towards a cure for cancer, you deserve to warez a program.

Beware pirates - Adobe doesn't appear to be playing around anymore.

http://www.razorart.com/newsarchive.php?page=2


#2

sounds like a joke.
nothing that a decent firewall cant solve anyways.

besides, you should be using the key that came with your software.


#3

Never heard of this but there is a way to stop this. Use a firewall (like Zonealarm and turn everything on, so nothing goes through,
If your like it wont fone home. if you have a hardware firewall bloack the specific port it tries to go out on.

I hate ET type software(Phone home garbage)


#4

I haven’t seen this as being a real issue as I use ZA as a firewall and unless they found a way to get around zone alarms reporting I haven’t notice my adobe photoshop 7 tring to get out. I am sure that if they did find a way around it that alot of hackers and me for that fact would like to know how they bypassed it.


#5

I did a search for “photoshop” and “fbi” on CNN’s site and couldn’t find any such articles…

I live in New Zealand and don’t really know much about the FBI but somehow I don’t think they’d be interested in going after 25 000 + people who are using pirated versions of Photoshop.


#6

My copy is legal, but as always I back up my cd’s because I have kids that tend to tear up anything they can get their hands on, and before I started backing my software up they had cost me more than 1500$ US writing companies to replace broken cd’s. at 5 and 10$ a pop.


#7

Originally posted by gdt
[B]I did a search for “photoshop” and “fbi” on CNN’s site and couldn’t find any such articles…

I live in New Zealand and don’t really know much about the FBI but somehow I don’t think they’d be interested in going after 25 000 + people who are using pirated versions of Photoshop. [/B]

True, with the whole “war on terror” the FBI isn’t going to divert people to go after an impossible task of searching for the 25,000 people who bootlegged it. Besides, from what I understand, how are they going to prove that the person they caught had the illegal serial number? Since these are duplicate keys, one of them has to be legal. Thus, one is innocent. The court cases will drag on for years. No way is this happening. Thats why nobody can ever punish single users for bootlegging. Too many people and too little resources to track them.