Windows 7 activation hacked, rumors say

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Not even available in the market, and its already hacked. Well, it comes not as a surprise when hackers have become more and more intelligent in breaking protections and deciphering codes.

The final code for Windows 7 which was just released to manufacturers is now reportedly facing a security risk, according to variety of forums and as first reported by Neowin.com. Rumors say that the Windows Genuine Advantage antipiracy system in the Windows 7 Ultimate release to manufacturers (RTM) has reportedly been compromised by Chinese hackers, allowing a user to fully activate the software offline without having to connect to Microsoft’s activation server.

The software’s RTM code is the same as the retail code. These codes are released earlier to PC makers to give them time to get ready by the launch date, which is set on October.

Hackers, through the leaked ISO file, were able to get a hold of the activation cert that Microsoft digitally signed for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version of Windows 7.

Microsoft isn’t unaware of the situation though. In a statement they released to CNet News, they assured customers that they are busy doing whatever they can to put a stop on this.

We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation and validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software. Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites exposes users to increased risks–such as viruses, Trojans, and other malware and malicious code–that usually accompany counterfeit software. These risks can seriously harm or permanently destroy data and often expose users to identity theft and other criminal schemes.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10299051-83.html