Microsoft sends take-down notices to COFEE hosters

A few weeks ago, Neowin reported on how Microsoft's COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) tool was leaked on to the Internet. In response to this, Microsoft has issued take-down notices to sites hosting their forensic tool, according to CrunchGear.

Despite the tools being freely available to law enforcement agencies in over 187 countries worldwide, the tools have been highly sought by those curious as to what it does. However, Microsoft have issued take down notices to numerous sites (one of which was Cryptome) which hosted the content, requesting that the material is removed promptly.

The take-down notices are being issued because the software, although made up of tools which are easily available, is still classified as proprietary software, and so it cannot be distributed without Microsoft's permission. However, what luck Microsoft will have in stopping it being spread through tracker-less torrent sites remains to be seen.

The tools aren't likely to be much use to the average computer user, but as is often the case, a lot of news coverage created a lot of curiosity. According to company insiders, Microsoft is developing a new version of COFEE which will be released next year that fully supports Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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pookie62 said,
And this is news how?

Well, the weird thing about "news" is that it's generally something that happened, was said, etc. As this is something that happened, it would technically be considered news...

pookie62 said,
And this is news how?

Dumbest reply here. Of course this is News, it's showing the end result for a previously posted new article.

yeah... SHOCKING microsoft asks websites to take down software they developed for the government and are likely under contract to try to protect. *gasp*

People that are SHOCKED or DISAPPOINTED for this are very sad >>

AgentGray said,
yeah... SHOCKING microsoft asks websites to take down software they developed for the government and are likely under contract to try to protect. *gasp*

People that are SHOCKED or DISAPPOINTED for this are very sad >>

Yeah, I'm not sure why some people are so surprised...

Good luck with that, Microsoft. We see just how well you're doing stopping piracy as well.... [rollseyes]

If you have a better idea for Microsoft to reduce piracy I'm sure they'd love to hear it. Point your eyes back at the monitor and send them your idea. If you don't have a better idea then all you can do is keep rolling those eyes.

Microsoft doesn't want to stop piracy. Look at how is it is to crack windows 7, or how easy it is to install full version of 7 from an upgrade version on a windowsless PC.
Take down all the PCs running pirated copies of windows and you are left with only about 60% of the market running windows.

ilev said,
Microsoft doesn't want to stop piracy. Look at how is it is to crack windows 7, or how easy it is to install full version of 7 from an upgrade version on a windowsless PC.
Take down all the PCs running pirated copies of windows and you are left with only about 60% of the market running windows.


so you really believe 40% of windows users are pirates haha what torrent site fed you those absurd numbers.

ilev said,
Microsoft doesn't want to stop piracy. Look at how is it is to crack windows 7, or how easy it is to install full version of 7 from an upgrade version on a windowsless PC.
Take down all the PCs running pirated copies of windows and you are left with only about 60% of the market running windows.

Maybe most college kids and cheap asses can't afford $30-100 for a copy of Windows but all the businesses and people who get their OSes with their computers or just pay for their upgrades like everyone else make up a lot more than 60% of users.

ilev said,
Microsoft doesn't want to stop piracy. Look at how is it is to crack windows 7, or how easy it is to install full version of 7 from an upgrade version on a windowsless PC.
Take down all the PCs running pirated copies of windows and you are left with only about 60% of the market running windows.


Typical..."I steal Windows and assume everyone else does too because that makes me feel better."

too bad that they cant tell the private trackers to take it down :P /me extracts the rars and plays with Cofee now

Problem with a "big" corporation (or federal government), it takes weeks just to make a decision to make a decision on what to do.