My god, that dident take loong.
Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista has just gone gold and it appears that the anti-piracy measures have already been cracked.
Microsoft Corp. just announced excitedly that Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 have gone gold, but at the same time, hackers may have cracked the Windows Vista anti-piracy measures. Various pirate websites have a version of Vista available to download, called "Vista BillGates".
The cracked version of Vista comes supplied with a product key, allowing users to install the operating system on their computers unhindered. There is also a second patch called the "activation crack" that must be applied that bypasses the activation process used by Vista to ensure that each installation is legitimate. The same sites have also started offering Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise Editions for which users simply have to enter the supplied product key code. Office does not require activation.
Microsoft Corp. declined comment but did assure the media that they would be working hard to quickly move against the piracy of their products. They are capable of deactivating pirated copies of Windows Vista by sending a patch through Windows Update that can invalidate certain product keys.
I just find this very funny, but its not really a suprise.... Its Microsoft.
took them long enough! LOL
Lol it's obvious the authors of that article have got this crack themselves. They know.....too much.
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6th April 2000
It was cracked about a week before MSDN subscribers got ahold of it. A new record for them. For windows XP it was about a week before actual release.
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Lucky Bill Gates, the hackers named somthing after him...:rolleyes:
This can't be a big surprise. Hackers live for a challenge, and no amount of locks/ciphers/encryptions nor an enhanced WGA can stop them for long.
Next up: DRM. It will eventually get "fixed" as well. Hopefully it can be done in a way that won't invalidate my (legal) copy of Vista. I'd hate to have to run two boxes just so I can stay current with Vista as well as do whatever I please with my media files. (Gotta love how M$ bowed down to big media by including a feature that, to the average Joe, is hardly a selling point for their OS)
Jeez... cracking before something is released? Insanity. I've got a legit copy till June, and after that, I don't think I'll really care if I don't have it anymore. I've used it twice since I got the Beta, and tbh, it's not all that impressive.... Just get a Mac if you like the interface, Vista ripped them off big time.
Oblivious;3364425I'd hate to have to run two boxes just so I can stay current with Vista as well as do whatever I please with my media files.
Why not? I do that. Linux makes a much better platform for hosting a music server anyway...
They are capable of deactivating pirated copies of Windows Vista by sending a patch through Windows Update that can invalidate certain product keys.
Because, although they are bright enough to crack the security and validation systems that entire teams have spent years designing (or so we're told) in a matter of days, hackers are too stupid to turn off the updater :rolleyes:
lol this is "good" and "bad"
The Force is strong with him
10th September 2006
where did you get that quote from?