The audio files of the Windows XP route were apparent provided with a pirated copy of the software SoundForge 4,5. If one examines the file in an Hex editor, the clear signature of the Crackers Deepz0ne shows up.
The questionable files lie in the listing "Windows\Help\Tour\WindowsMediaPlayer\Audio\Wav". Those altogether nine WAV files serve the Untermalung of the Windows Media Player route. If one opens the files instead of with an audio's application with an editor, then one recognizes the signature "LISTB bythe end INFOICRD 2000-04-06 IENG Deepz0ne ISFT sound Forge 4,5".
Suspiciously: If one opens a sound file with an Hex editor, then a passage in the text with the reference to the Cracker Deepz0ne is at the end of the file.
SoundForge is a program that's used for the production of WAV -, MP3 -, AIFF and other music formats. The manufacturer Sonic belonged meanwhile to Sony, the program costs 400 US dollar. However the name makes "Deepz0ne" stutzig. A search in the InterNet shows that Deepz0ne was or is member of the Warez group radium. This group specialized in music software. In an interview with a member of the group of radiums
he is mentioned as one the founder. Also a version of the Soundforge software emerges.
MP3-Crack: In the info file to the Radium-MP3-Codec likewise the name of the Crackers Deepz0ne emerges.
Was noticeable the group, when it cracked the Fraunhofer-MP3-Codec and improved the Encodierungsfunktion. Deepz0ne is indicated also at that time as a member of the Cracker group. Now the suspicion forces itself upon that for the production of the WAV files illegal software was used. Whether this happened however at Microsoft or an external coworker used the software, only the responsible person for the Windows Media Player can answer.
With the fact it is delicate that Microsoft was written as a member of the Business software Alliance (BSA) the fight against software Piracy on the flags. So far there is neither from Microsoft nor from Sony a statement to the incident. (Panagiotis Kolokythas/mja)
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