Windows piracy is bad mmmkay

July 29th, 2009 | Tags:

Since the introduction of Windows Geniune Activation (WGA) in XP, Windows piracy has become seemingly more difficult (and quite rightly so!) Pirates have previously worked around WGA by obtaining OEM certificates and updating the SLIC table within the computer BIOS (very risky, especially if you BIOS does not support SLIC v2.1).

Today Windows 7 WGA was breached using a similar exploit and unlike previous Vista attempts this time using a master OEM disc leaked by Lenovo (guess these guys will be waiting until it hits the shelves next time). The question I would like to ask “is it really worth it”, within days, weeks or months Microsoft will patch this leak via Windows Update and to those that don’t update – do you really want to run the risk of using an unpatched OS?

  1. Don
    July 30th, 2009 at 21:36
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    Well, it’s an interesting thing.
    Piracy was UP. Windows installations were high.
    Piracy is down. Windows installations are down.

    Interesting? Eh.