Saturday, March 3, 2007

Vista Licensing Cracked?

An anonymous post from "richarddd" on digg.com is claiming that a team of keygen (license key generator) crackers named Paradox has cracked the Microsoft Vista software licensing system.

The digg.com poster says the Microsoft Vista licensing system hack takes advantage of SLP 2.0' ('system-locked pre-installation 2.0') , a mechanism Microsoft's "Royalty OEM" partners use to ship product that does not require addition registration by product purchasers.

I just visited the web site that claims to be hosting the crack at paradox.crackteam.ws (BTW, the site drops a spylog cookie - please don't go here without your antispyware enabled) and there are several hacks up there that might be the one touted.

But a search isn't required - full information on the hack is proudly displayed at the site referenced by the poster, at www.uploadcrap.com, a site apparently owned by the digg poster, who appears to be located in the United Kingdom. The link to the ZIP file containing the Vista hack leads to Rapidshare.com, a Swiss-based hosting company.

T
his news, if true, is potentially quite bad news for Microsoft, coming this early in the release cycle. It also means that cleaning up piracy in some markets may remain a tough prospect for some years to come.

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