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Microsoft to fight back against pirated Windows 7

Microsoft to fight back against pirated Windows 7

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Cracked versions of Windows 7 were on retail sale last week in Asia as well as via many download websites in that part of the world. This is nothing new and Microsoft have always had to deal with losing huge amounts of money with crackers finding loopholes in their software to mirror a fake but successful activation. We covered several stories on this last week.

“The RemoveWAT utility – also known as ChewWGA – exploits at least one of several probable security flaws on Windows 7 to allow a user to bypass the Windows Genuine Advantage registration procedure”, said Richard Kirk, Fortify Software’s European director. “This type of crack appeared shortly after Windows Vista went on sale and was solved when Microsoft issued an update. Similar utilities for Windows XP also started appearing in the summer of 2005, shortly after the Windows Genuine Advantage system was made mandatory in July of that year”, he said.

Microsoft are taking steps to reengineer Windows 7 to prevent any registration loopholes from being exploited. Additionally, we heard earlier from insiders in Asia that MS are so concerned with the huge amount of pirated Windows 7 copies being downloaded that they are looking into a way to deactivate some cracked and illegal versions of Windows 7 via transmitted backdoor code across an active net connection. We fail to see how this would be possible, but according to a source in the far east Microsoft have been hard at work over the last month to do this via any internet connection.

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