Lawsuit reveals Microsoft logs IPs to catch big pirates

Posted on Wednesday, May 06 2015 @ 14:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A story is making the rounds that Microsoft filed a lawsuit at a Washington court against individual(s) that pirated Windows 7 on a commercial scale. TorrentFreak writes Microsoft logged hundreds of suspicious product activation requests from a single IP address used by a Verizon client.

Microsoft is now seeking damages, alleging that the defendant(s) have activated hundreds of Windows 7 copies using serial keys that have been stolen, used more than alowed, or never been issued with a valid license. In the filing, Microsoft reveals it uses forensic tools to scan the billions of Microsoft product activations for suspicious patterns.
“As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated,” the lawsuit reads.

Microsoft says that its forensic tools allow the company to analyze billions of activations of Microsoft software and identify patterns “that make it more likely than not” that an IP address associated with activations is one through which pirated software is being activated.

“Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified hundreds of product key activations originating from IP address…which is presently assigned to Verizon Online LLC. These activations have characteristics that on information and belief, establish that Defendants are using the IP address to activate pirated software.”

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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