Here comes the good part... Zend's Chief Marketing Officer Mark de Visser had the balls to say that I was just as bad as the people who were able to reverse engineer the zend encoding by showing people the websites. Mr de Visser, your company's ignorance to this issue and the fact you want users to pay $1400 to UPGRADE TO A MORE SECURE VERSION of your product is along the lines of Microsoft thinking. "If we ignore it, then it goes away".
I'm just as bad as them for posting the links? Mr de Visser how the hell do you think I found out about these sites? hmmm from your own website forums!
Zend Forums Link 1
Zend Forums Link 2
Zend Forums Link 3
how about a simple google search for "decoding zend encoded files"?
Google Link 1
Those posts were from August! Perhaps if you read your own forums you could have found this out sooner. My company stands to lose millions of dollars from this situation and I can't believe how irresponsible Zend is acting in this matter. So thank you Mr Visser for lumping me in with criminal behavior because I want answers to something you're trying to sweep under the covers long enough for people to pay $1400 for your new "more secure" version.
So how did I find out about all of this? Well apparently they were trying to buy a friend of mine off, while going on a tirade about me at the same time. Basically.. "we'll upgrade you for free if you leave us alone about this". Careful what you say next time my friend. Do I hate Zend? No. I have a good relationship with alot of folks at Zend and really support the work they do and their education programs. It just makes me sad that this situtation has come to this.