Monday, February 5th 2007

Iranian hackers crack Windows Vista, sell it on street for $8 a copy

All the effort Microsoft has put into making sure this Windows would be the most secure ever appears to be somewhat in vain. Iranian hackers, operating through a legitimate software firm, have gotten past all of Microsoft's "anti-copying tricks". These hackers claim they will sell these illegitimate copies of Windows Vista through the firm they work for at approximately $8 USD a copy. What's really interesting, though, is how they managed to give each pirated copy of Vista its own serial number, so that they can register it through Microsoft as a legal copy of Windows Vista.Source: Taliya news
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87 Comments on Iranian hackers crack Windows Vista, sell it on street for $8 a copy

#3
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
finally a price equal to the M$ legacy...lol
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#4
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
i may hafta buy one of these, cause i sure as hell am not gonna spend $100+ on a pos os...

zek, you got a link to the site they are selling these from?
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#5
Jimmy 2004
Lol... shame they don't offer it for download!

I'm impressed that you can still register it with M$ even though it's illegal. Well done Iran!
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#6

Then stick with XP.
#7
LiNKiN
Staff
Oh great...I smell a nuke...
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#8
Jimmy 2004
by: Random Murderer
i may hafta buy one of these, cause i sure as hell am not gonna spend $100+ on a pos os...

zek, you got a link to the site they are selling these from?
If you thinks it's a POS why do you want it?

From my experience so far, Vista Ultimate is much better than XP Home - and I expect it will perform better once I've found all the tweaks.
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#9
J0N
by: [517th]LiNKiN
Oh great...I smell a nuke...
Bill tried to launch the nuke, unfortunately...

:nutkick:
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#10
Ben Clarke
Aww.. i wanted to see the nuke go wrong, the piccys to small :(
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#11
GLD
Someones got to say it, so I guess it will be me. Ok so it was bound to happen, Vista being hacked. Pirate software, well it is ILLEGAL people, and I don't think know TPU doesn't condone it. Think about it, if pirates are demanding payment, where exactly is that cash gonna go? ;).
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#12
RickDStik
Well, I guess its getting a little better ... it did take them a full week this time to crack it, rather than the few hours its taken before.
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#13
LiNKiN
Staff
by: J0N
Bill tried to launch the nuke, unfortunately...

:nutkick:
:laugh: BSOD I love it!:roll:

Seriously though, poor Bill, all this and just weeks after launch, and not to mention the whole pirating thing with Romania. :twitch:
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#14
Seany1212
Hmm, GLD kind of beat me too it, i mean, $8 for windows vista, EXCELLENT, but what is that $8 going to be spent on, nuclear enrichment program? :shadedshu

EDIT: also, theres still yet to be proof other than what this paper writes
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#15
J0N
by: GLD
Someones got to say it, so I guess it will be me. Ok so it was bound to happen, Vista being hacked. Pirate software, well it is ILLEGAL people, and I don't think TPU condones it. So you would BUY pirate software, AND buy it from a possible terrorist/terrorist country! Don't be a F*****G RETARD! So you go and break the law(s) of the country you live in by buying some pirate software, then the guys you bought it from use that money to do BAD shite around the world, and possibly your county. Your a F*****G IDIOT then!
Not everyone in Iran is a terrorist! The people who pirated Vista are probably no different from you and me. While what they're doing is illegal, all it is is trying to provide Vista to more for less than the extortionate prices that Microsoft charge.

Don't brand them as being terrorists just becasue of their geographical location!

Theres terrorists in America who are American, does that mean you better watch out because next time you buy something off eBay you could be funding terrorism!? :eek:
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#16
technicks
by: GLD
Someones got to say it, so I guess it will be me. Ok so it was bound to happen, Vista being hacked. Pirate software, well it is ILLEGAL people, and I don't think TPU condones it. So you would BUY pirate software, AND buy it from a possible terrorist/terrorist country! Don't be a F*****G RETARD! So you go and break the law(s) of the country you live in by buying some pirate software, then the guys you bought it from use that money to do BAD shite around the world, and possibly your county. Your a F*****G IDIOT then!
That is the first time i see someone relating terrorism and pirated software.:p
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#17
GLD
@ JON

I said POSSIBLE terrrorist. Under post 911 US law, sofware piracy falls under the terrorism blanket. So.........It's all Illegal and considered bad shite anyways.
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#18
GLD
I guess some people in this thread do not watch the world news.
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#19
technicks
by: Seany1212
Hmm, GLD kind of beat me too it, i mean, $8 for windows vista, EXCELLENT, but what is that $8 going to be spent on, nuclear enrichment program? :shadedshu

EDIT: also, theres still yet to be proof other than what this paper writes
Yeah and where goes the money i spend on Ebay on USA goods for excample.;)
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#20
J0N
by: technicks
Yeah and where goes the money i spend on Ebay on USA goods for excample.;)
Peta? Elf? Becasue they won't dig up corpses and kidnap your children will they.... :p
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#21
GLD
by: technicks
Yeah and where goes the money i spend on Ebay on USA goods for excample.;)
Well if you are buying pirated software, then you can answer that one yourself. If you are buying some good ole' boys used pc parts, then your money is well spent in a respectable way.
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#22
Alec§taar
In a "StRaNgE" way, you sort of HAVE to admire this:

They've accomplished what technically isn't/wasn't accomplishable, w/out inserting yourself a validation computer of somekind into the internet connection that validates you (@ MS).

I'd have to guess that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS @ THAT POINT, they have redirected the validation code in the OS to say:

"THIS IS OK/VALID/LEGIT"

No matter what... right @ the evaluation code jump in the Operating System itself (probably boolean yes/no, 1/0 etc.) during its installation &/or validation period (like XP has etc., not sure how VISTA works it now though, I don't run it!)

APK
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#23
LiNKiN
Staff
Ya know I used to laugh at this sort of thing but it just keeps getting more and more serious. Regardless of how everyone feels about Windows and Microsoft, i actually respect Bill and Co.
I mean he has put a lot of his OWN money into the company and it has to be tough, no matter how much money you have, to try and develop the best OS in the world, only to have people abuse the system. If it werent for Windows, Id still be a zombie on a console gaming machine, with limited possiblities and functions. I am not afraid to admit that Linux isnt for me, so without Windows Id be screwed. If Microsoft said F#$K it and quit the OS business, Id prolly say screw it as well.
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#24
vrdublu
GLD if you ever get your head out of your ars long enough to hear yourself speak, maybe then you can enlighten us all with your wisdom, or perhaps you can be George W's marketing director for the war on terrorism, lol nub.
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#25
DMSMac_Consult
I actually had an FBI Agent accuse me of being a terrorist once due to internet copyright issues, was a highly amusing conversation.

Agent: "Internet copyright infringement sites such as bittorrent trackers may even contribute to terrorism!"
Me: "Are... you calling me a terrorist?" (I'd previously been accused of piracy beforehand in the interrogation I was being subjected to... so it wasn't a stretch to ask this)

Of course, the agent started waving his hands and backpedalling from that, before he went into a speech about how it didn't matter anyway because he was "charged by the congress of the United States of America to uphold the laws of this land" (he actually said that, LMAO!)

I think, though, that there is a certain truth to it -- not that piracy is going to increase suicide bombings in Israel or anything like that nature, but piracy is "terrorism" against the corporate regime, it proves that "free enterprise" as the United States has done business for over two centuries doesn't work anymore in the information age -- if the market believes a product is not worth the money being charged by the vendor and/or the vendor overinflates the price/worth of their product, the market simply pirates it rather than pays. In the past, "free enterprise" has worked under the principal that you can make a product and set any price and people will either take it or leave it -- now, they'll either take it at your price or pirate it. I think piracy/ "financial terrorism" is simply a marketplace revolution which will force companies to think harder when they attach monetary values to their products.

... either that, or eventually, systems will ship with pre-loaded embedded operating systems and the only way to get an OS will be to buy a hardware piece with it pre-loaded. (Not that I think that'd be uncrackable either, lol.)
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