Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jan 2006 07:36 UTC, submitted by Resolution
Bugs & Viruses Users of Windows who have set the Automatic Updates option to "Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them" were surprised to find that the latest WMF patch had overridden these settings and not only installed the patch, but rebooted the machines as well.
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If it's true..
by ankitmalik on Thu 12th Jan 2006 10:10 UTC
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From Wikipedia, the definition of Spyware

"n computing, the term Spyware covers a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer's operation without the informed consent of that machine's owner or legitimate user "
"Gaining unauthorized access to a computer is illegal, under computer crime laws such as the United States Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Since the owners of computers infected with spyware generally claim that they never authorized the installation, a prima facie reading would suggest that the promulgation of spyware would count as a criminal act."

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RE: If it's true..
by Celerate on Fri 13th Jan 2006 01:23 in reply to "If it's true.."
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Ok, a few things to point out here:
(1): Microsoft can afford much better and many more lawyers than you can.
(2): Microsoft engineered their EULA to keep themselves safe from the consiquences of stuff like this.
(3): The Microsoft patch as is understood by the general public, was not malicious but rather an important update.

I do not condone what Microsoft did, but at the same time I don't think you'll see them loosing in court over it during your lifetime.

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