Incoming Win7 Piracy Bomb in 24-48 Hrs

February 15, 2010 at 10:53:48
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 1.809 GHz / 1534 MB
"Microsoft said on Thursday that it is planning an update to Windows 7 that will close a number of loopholes that counterfeiters had used to thwart the operating system's built-in antipiracy measures.

The Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, which will be released later this month, closes more than 70 "activation hacks," according to Joe Williams, general manager of Microsoft's Genuine Windows unit, responsible for anti-counterfeiting measures. The update will also check with a server periodically to see if there are further hacks that need to be addressed, though Williams said no personally identifiable information about the user will be sent to the server.

In an interview, Williams cautioned about the dangers that come with using nongenuine versions of the operating system, citing a German study that looked at several hundred copies of Windows 7 that were posted online and found that nearly a third had some type of malware.

"We do see malicious code--everything from easily discoverable malware to keyboard recording," he said. "There's all sorts of things we've seen that puts our customers at risk and their data at risk."

The update will be available for manual download from Microsoft's genuine Web site on Feb. 16 and from the Microsoft Download center the following day. Later this month, the update will also be offered through Windows Update as an "important" (but optional) update."

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#1
February 15, 2010 at 12:42:13
WAT is WGA redux. In the beginning, WGA was voluntary - with free offerings from M$ - until it ended up as a draconian. Regardless of what M$ says I predict WAT will follow the same path that WGA took to its demise!

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February 15, 2010 at 13:05:26
cant blame them really, they offered the OS pre order for only 50 bucks/pounds/euros, they give students a 17 euro version, people had the chance to be legal, millions choose not too be, so why not run a protection update, they are open and clear that its comming, they could have disguised it as an important update and simply wiped peoples drives...cant complain about the win 7 situation..

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#3
February 15, 2010 at 14:19:05
Nothing is fool proof, because fools are so ingenious.
(No one said they were stupid, just fools.)

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#4
February 15, 2010 at 15:30:23
What I do not get is this notion that running a legitimate version of Windows somehow inoculates the machine from being compromised. The Germans need to conduct a similar study on legitimate Windows 7 machines & see just how many of these authentic machines are vulnerable to malicious attacks.

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#5
February 17, 2010 at 01:55:29
but the germans say "vulnerable because of preincluded malicious code", included by malicious people with the intent to do malicious things to your computer and to your bank account....so is it worth 100 bucks, to do what you can and protect yourself from such malicious code???? to protect your hard earned money in your bank accounts???
to protect your identity from theft and the resulting heart ache id theft can cause??
ask yourself that question before you install a hacked program/app/OS...;-)

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#6
February 21, 2010 at 03:51:06
does anyone know if this has caused issues for people with genuine volume licenses??

i wonder as to the relevence of this optional download...

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#7
February 21, 2010 at 14:40:12
"ask yourself that question before you install a hacked program/app/OS...;-)"

I'm assuming the above is sarcasm - right?

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#8
February 23, 2010 at 23:15:46
sarcasm...who? me? ;-)

i suppose that all depends on how the reader is feeling at the time he reads my comments...hohoho i just cant stop...;-)

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#9
February 24, 2010 at 16:47:51
No worries, that's exactly what I thought. I knew you can't be that far removed from the malicious realities of the average legitimate Windows user.

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#10
February 25, 2010 at 12:10:43
HERE is it. Be aware that this update will also detects any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files.

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#11
February 25, 2010 at 12:59:33
There are many places online selling microsoft genuine keys and stating that they ARE genuine. The keys go for around $20US and seeing that is an awesome deal....just wondering if they are classed as BAD by M$?

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#12
February 25, 2010 at 17:15:53
"The keys go for around $20US and seeing that is an awesome deal....just wondering if they are classed as BAD by M$?"

Of course, any key that is sold without M$' express authorization is frowned upon by them.

While M$ does run all sorts of promotions from time-to-time, you have to be eligible to participate in these programs in order to get a significant discount on their product licenses. Besides that, it's gamble & there's no recourse if a user knowingly buys a license from an unauthorized seller & they end up getting duped.

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