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Vista Activation Cracked By Brute Force


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:19 PM

Vista activation cracked by brute force

Sledgehammered

IT LOOKS LIKE Microsoft's unhackable OS activation malware has been hacked.


By Charlie Demerjian: Thursday 01 March 2007, 17:15

It is a simple brute force attack, dumb as a rock that just tries keys. If it gets one, you manually have to check it and try activation. Is is ugly, takes hours, is far from point and click, but it is said to work....



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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:26 AM

Well, that means some less money for the BG Foundation....

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:45 AM

Yep....... it looks like M$ is going to be getting alot of complaints, and possible lose alot of loyal customers too.

It's a shame, but as long as M$ continues to make an OS software and charge for it, there will always be those that are already working on cracking it. And it's fair to say that the cracking attempts were being worked on while it was in beta stage.

I'll give it a week or so, and then anyone will be able to download Vista, along with the Key Cracker/Generator and activate it, all for FREE.

Soon, many people who have paid for theirs are going to feel like they should have either waited or simply never bought it. Me, myself, I never buy an OS when it first comes out. It's too risky to do so, and once again, I feel I'm right again.


Oh Well..

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

There has been a time activation crack out for ages.
It just goes to show it does not matter how secure you make it there is only a matter of time before someone cracks it. To be honest I am sure it is mostley insiders in microsoft that supply the algerithms out to the crackers. It will not be to long before there is a crack that is quick and simple as with most Apps.
It is a shame that it comes to people cracking software because they believe it is not worth paying for. Does not say much for Vista now does it.
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 10:08 AM

I knew vista was gonna get cracked, pretty much everything can get cracked.

Everything in life has a pattern, just find the pattern and exploit it, tell the people, and get locked up in jail.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 05:21 PM

I just checked on a site, and Windows Vista has already been exploited, going back to at least June of 2006, a bit going out of their beta stages. The latest exploit I found was Feb 27, 2007. That was just 3 days ago, and it's already released to the public.

So yes, Windows Vista has been been broken into.

Oh Well..

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:05 AM

That crack fact just bolsters the recommendation we've given customers, along with the oppressive DRM, that they should never install Vista; it is better to continue to use XP Pro and use Linux. When new computers are needed we have recommended custom builds and Linux installed on them. Look, the USA is coming around to the climate shift and what is needed. The surface effects are not needed; I configure for efficiency no matter the ram. I recommend the same for home and work. Vista is not good for media unless you're willing to allow the content producers to control your computer. My network has two Macs, one of them a relic of old, two Windows, 98SE and XP Pro, and soon to have a Linux machine.

It is not a grand crusade for me, for us; it is simply that we do not need Microsoft anymore, and neither do you or any save the technological crippled. The latter is shrinking group.

I wanted a Vista without the graphical effects and DRM. I just wanted better security. Thanks for opensource. But one day some enterprising capitalist will build a proprietary OS from scratch that runs on IBM compatibles which is smaller, stabler, and more secure. It may be named OS X. Hmmm

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:00 AM

Good find KY. I'm amazed at the high technology that was utilized

The crack is a glorified guesser,...

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:21 PM

Good find KY. I'm amazed at the high technology that was utilized

The crack is a glorified guesser,...

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'Twas actually a find by tg1911, who often feeds me items for the front page.

The technology, ahh, the technology. Use a large enough sledgehammer long enough and 25 digit serials & key codes just seem to melt away. :flowers:
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 06:47 PM

Pirates won't have it easy with Vista...Elaborate hoax or the real deal?

http://windowsxp.homedns.org/asp/news/news...ail.asp?id=4460

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:29 PM

I was just going to be a matter of hours before the software was hacked...

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:02 PM

I knew it would happen. MS is going to switch to 50 digit keys :thumbsup: . I have a hard enough time saving my old keys for my Win 95 machine and that is only 10-15 numbers only.

About time for Altimit OS haha (anyone who watches .HACK// will know what I mean).

Anyways, so basically it just guesses key combinations until it finds one? Pretty complex. Now lets see them make one that can crack all the security systems in 5 mins....

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:21 PM

Don't challenge people like that... cause you know someone if going to do it :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:16 AM

man, I wonder how many legit keys can people get if they leave their computer on for a week.............

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:37 AM

I don't know but probably going to be a pain if you have to type everyone by hand :thumbsup:




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