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Pirates Spoof Vista's Enterprise Activation

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  1. StoneGiant

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    Pirates Spoof Vista's Enterprise Activation

    By Gregg Keizer
    TechWebFri Dec 8, 1:15 PM ET

    Pirates are circulating a hack that lets them activate counterfeit copies of Windows Vista using a spoofed server that Microsoft relies on to make sure enterprises switch on the new operating system.

    The software, loaded with the long name of "Microsoft.Windows.Vista.Local.Activation.Server-MelindaGates" is available on several pirate Web sites. It spoofs a Key Management Service server, one of the two technologies that Microsoft debuted last month that let businesses activate a large number of copies of Windows Vista. KMS requires that at least 25 PCs be connected to a corporation's network.

    Vista is the first version of Windows that Microsoft requires volume license customers to activate. Besides KMS, the Redmond, Wash. developer also offers Multiple Activation Key, which resembles the retail version's activation process. PCs activated using KMS must reactivate at least once every six months.

    The MelindaGates hack uses a VMware image of a KMS server to activate -- and keep activated -- a pirated edition of Windows Vista Business. "Looks like Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0 is a big bust," wrote a user identified as "clank" on the PirateBay Web site Friday.

    Like every edition of Windows, Vista has been plagued with counterfeit copies. Pirated editions with cracked activation keys were posted long before Microsoft officially launched the OS Nov. 30.

    However, the Redmond, Wash. developer has gone to greater lengths to stymie counterfeiting, including the overall effort it's dubbed "VA 2.0" for Volume Activation 2.0, which uses a new set of technologies to activate and validate Vista and essentially turn off faux copies.
     
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    MS may as well give up. If they develop it, somebody's gonna crack it and it'll spread like wildfire. Always does.

    Greg
     

  3. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    MS should probably hire the pirate league as they seem smarter than the average MS hack anyway.

    Who better to protect you than someone who can hack you?
     
  4. Glock Bob

    Glock Bob Snack Attack!!!

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    That's exactly how MS has worked all these years. In fact, DOS, MS's first product, was originally called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) and was purchased by MS for a horribly low amount (something like $500 or $1,000) as the original developers wanted the money more than the software. I've heard they now wish they had held out longer for more money. The thing is, though, that that is how MS has worked all along. MS Word was developed under a different name and by a different company, then MS bought the rights to it. Windows Defender was the same way. It was developed by a company called Giant as another name (can't remember what) and was so good that MS bought it. In fact, Windows was at first a cooperative effort of IBM and MS. MS liked the idea and went running with it in their own direction. Methinks MS has never had too many original ideas.