Cryptome back online after Microsoft drops 'spy' complaint

A Microsoft takedown notice briefly shuts down a secret-sharing Web site called Cryptome.org, but Microsoft cancels complaint, site restored.

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Visitors of Cryptome.org can continue browsing government and corporate documents now that a copyright infringement complaint issued by Microsoft earlier in the week has become null and void.

A Microsoft spokesperson said Thursday that the request sent by Microsoft was specific to its materials and that the company did not request the site be shut down completely.

"In this case, we did not ask that this site be taken down, only that Microsoft copyrighted content be removed. We are requesting to have the site restored and are no longer seeking the document's removal," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Earlier reports said that cryptome.org keeper John Young Tuesday was issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DCMA, Takedown Notice by hosting provider Network Solutions. The notice requested Young to remove by Thursday a Microsoft document on the site.

Young, who reportedly countered the claim the next day, saw the Web site's domain name locked, after posting such materials from government agencies and big companies since 1996, according to reports on Wired's Web site.

The ValleyWag blog on Gawker.com reported that cryptome.org, a website that posts otherwise secret corporate documents, was ordered to shut down operations when it published a Microsoft document titled "Microsoft Online Services Global Criminal Compliance Handbook." Available in full on Wired's website, the Microsoft document doesn't reveal company trade secrets, but rather lets customers in on how much data Microsoft keeps stored on them and for how long.

For instance, the 22-page document includes this: "[I]f a Windows Live Messenger customer adds a Yahoo! contact to his or her contact list, Microsoft will have the name of the Yahoo! Contact."

 

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