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  • Blog Post: Windows Activation Technologies: Activation and Validation in Windows 7

    Earlier today we posted on Microsoft's Press Pass site an interview with our group's General Manager, Joe Williams. In the interview he discusses our approach to anti-piracy in Windows 7. The full details can be found here ; but basically the interview covered the following points. The Windows 7 activation...
  • Blog Post: Wall Street Journal article on counterfeiting

    Saw an article in the Wall Street Journal today (requires login to read the whole article) that touched on how broad the counterfeiting problem is and how a number of US companies are working with the US Chamber of Commerce to educate officials in other countries about the issue. I think many people...
  • Blog Post: 'Brute' Force Attack on Windows Vista now 'Moot' Force Attack

    Over the weekend we learned that the widely covered 'Vista Brute Force Keygen' turned out to be a hoax. It's nice that the originator has come forward and is encouraging everyone to buy and use genuine copies of Windows Vista. As you can imagine we receive reports of hacks every week. Many turn out...
  • Blog Post: Brute force attack on Windows Vista product keys?

    This morning as I was checking my feeds while standing in line waiting for coffee I saw a few headlines about a reported brute force attack on product keys for Windows Vista. The attack randomly searches for legit keys. This is called a brute force attack because there really isn't much intelligence...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Tamper Detection and misbehaving apps

    We've seen reports indicating that customers are being prompted to activate Windows Vista on computers on which activation had not been previously required. This problem can occur because a specific system setting is deleted when a program runs with administrative credentials. The removal of this setting...
  • Blog Post: Pirated Windows Vista may be worth-LESS

    I saw an article in the LA Times this morning reporting that counterfeit copies of Windows Vista are being seen in big cities in Latin America such as Mexico City and Sao Paulo and for very cheap. While we're not terribly surprised at this, nor would I expect many readers of this blog to be surprised...
  • Blog Post: Report of a new hack - and one of my favorite websites stumbles

    For me the report of this latest hack was a double whammy. First it's no fun to read a report of a new attempt to hack Microsoft's products, but secondly the tone of coverage of this hack on one of my favorite sites left me very disappointed. First the hack. Known as the 'timer crack' or '2099 crack...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista 'Frankenbuilds' spotted in the wild

    Last week saw a reported leak of an RTM build of Windows Vista. The reports I read indicated that there was an RTM build to download from a P2P network or via Bittorrent and instructions for 'hacking' by cobbing together a couple of files that were released with Windows Vista RC1 and using an RC1 or...
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