But what one shouldn't disagree with is that one doesn't want one's machine to become a member of a zombie network. Yet, according to Softpedia, this is just what might happen if you download a certain free key generator to circumvent the protection in Photoshop CS3 Extended:
SophosLabs analysts encountered a Trojan (Troj/Mdrop-BPE) that came bundled with a password key generator and a worm with IRC backdoor functionality. When run, the Trojan not only drops the password generator crack for Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Troj/Keygen-BI) but as an additional freebie, it potentially turns your computer into a IRC zombie machine (W32/IRCBot-WA) as well," Sophos added.Also peep the referenced Sophos bit, here.
Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. Crack a copy of PSCS3 Ext., join the worldwide spam assault. Bonus!
Or, to hijack another overused joke: Getting an evaluation copy of Photoshop CS3 Extended: Free. Getting a keygen: Free. Sending out Spam whether you want to or not: Priceless.
Yes, it's hard sometimes to scrape together the funds to pay for those tools; they aren't cheap. But it looks like the trouble one could let themselves in for is even more expensive–or will get there.
(Via Adobe's John Nack, of whom I am merely a crumb in the breadbox that is his life, I'm certain).
Tags: Software Piracy, Computer Zombie, Zombie Network, Software Cracks, Photoshop CS3