I read this morning that Microsoft is going to sue the GPS maker TomTom for patent infringement. You might recall that TomTom sold a GPS with malware already installed on it. It wouldn’t have been much of a problem if it wasn’t for Microsoft technology. It is Microsoft’s security nightmare called “autorun” that made having the Trojan on the TomTom really dangerous. All a user had to do was plug the TomTom into their windows computer and MS took care of the auto-infect routine. You would think that TomTom would have become a little bit shy about Microsoft Technologies!!!
No, I don’t think that MS is suing because of autorun technology. You can find the story at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/26/microsoft_sues_tomtom/ if you want to read more about it.
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