OEM BIOS emulators spoof Vista, make pirated copies look legit

Friday, 13 April 2007, 12:03 AM EST

Microsoft's anti-piracy team has acknowledged that hacks against Windows Vista's OEM BIOS activation scheme are circulating, but seemed to say it has no plans to immediately counter the threat.

Two days ago, Alex Kochis, senior product manager of WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage), spelled out the hacks, which try to spoof how major computer makers pre-activate Windows Vista before shipping systems to customers. To make OEMs' (original equipment manufacturers) jobs easier, Kochis said, Microsoft has long let them add a marker in the motherboard's BIOS to identify PCs licensed to boot Windows.

At Computerworld.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

Dissecting the unpredictable DDoS landscape

Posted on 23 April 2014.  |  DDoS attacks are now more unpredictable and damaging than ever, crippling websites, shutting down operations, and costing millions of dollars in downtime, customer support and brand damage, according to Neustar.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Wed, Apr 23rd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //