As most of us know, Microsoft Operating Systems are usually broken to various levels really quickly after release. Code hackers have already found ways to bypass product activation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – meaning you don’t even need to enter a key to activate the OS. A very similar thing happened a long time ago with Windows Vista.
Microsoft spoke to Driverheaven a short while ago and said that they were aware of these issues and were working on solutions to defeat the hacks. MS also have said that they hope that customers will check they are actually running legal software as many hacked versions of Windows contain Malware and various forms of spyware and trojans.
The recent security problems for Microsoft mirror previous issues when an OEM Windows 7 Ultimate key was posted in a public Chinese forum. This key worked on a variety of machines from Lenovo, MSI and Dell and it would let the end user install a downloaded version of the operating system without the need for a key and activation in the long term.
This latest hack stops the sppcompai.dll from working correctly and activates the OS as legitimate and genuine.
We expect MS to sort out this current issue, but if previous experiences have proved anything – once they resolve one crack or software exploit, another will appear on the market shortly afterwards.
We spoke to a well known cracker on one of the nets underground sites and he said “MS will never learn, if they reduced the prices of their software and stopped inflicting painful activation procedures on customers then more people would buy it – right now the genuine customers are actually the people who get hit worst by Microsoft.”