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Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a 'Gambling Site' 301

Posted by timothy
from the what-are-the-odds? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The FSF slammed Microsoft for categorizing donate.fsf.org website as a 'Gambling Site.' Corporate systems that use a Microsoft 'network security' program cannot access FSF donation website because of this and as a result, many people were unable to make donations. FSF has submitted a correction to Microsoft and they are now waiting for a response. However, John Sullivan warned corporate about Microsoft's proprietary network security programs."
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Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a 'Gambling Site'

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  • Re:Stay grounded (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Arancaytar (966377) <arancaytar.ilyaran@gmail.com> on Sunday June 24, 2012 @09:51AM (#40428751) Homepage

    Frankly, the idea that this could be accidental in the first place is ludicrous.

    Antivirus vendors classifying the competition as malware is an easy mistake due to antivirus software employing similar methods to viruses in examining memory. Classifying a non-profit organization as a gambling site? Not an easy mistake. Doing it to a site belonging to a rival organization? Yeah, no.

  • Re:Why is this news? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by genjix (959457) on Sunday June 24, 2012 @09:53AM (#40428777)

    There's speculation that their accepting of Bitcoin inadvertantly categorised them as a gambling website. Bitcoin is popular for gambling sites now because of the lack of restrictions for such sites to exist compared with normal gambling sites which can take days to deposit and many hoops to jump through. It does not seem malicious or incompetent that this mistake happened.

  • Re:MS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Haxagon (2454432) on Sunday June 24, 2012 @09:54AM (#40428787)

    Yes, that's pretty likely.
    If Norton can mark critical system files as collections of viruses and delete them, I believe that someone at MS can mark a website incorrectly. This doesn't seem deliberate at all, given the gambling tag. It might have even been an automatic move, if MS is too cheap to hire someone to do the work.

  • Re:Stay grounded (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 1u3hr (530656) on Sunday June 24, 2012 @12:09PM (#40429799)

    Frankly, the idea that this could be accidental in the first place is ludicrous.

    No, MS aren't stupid. They would know such a block could not stand for long and would generate much bad publicity for them. They'd much rather just ignore the FSF. Now they'll probably have to apologise to them. Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

    More likely the FSF home page, with all of its talk about "free software" was classified by MS's filters as a warez site.

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