Microsoft Releases Latest Anti-Piracy Update
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Microsoft has made repeated attempts to protect its Windows operating system from theft and the criminals keep finding ways around the security. Today, Microsoft put the ball back in their court with the release of an updated security system that closes the door on dozens of hacks. Datamation has all the info.
Microsoft's update to its anti-piracy tool is now available via Windows Update, the company has confirmed.
Called Windows Activation Technologies, or WAT, the update adds technology to detect some 70 activation exploits that pirates have come up with to bypass Windows 7's activation protections, according to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).
"This update for Windows Activation Technologies helps detect validation errors and activation exploits. This update also detects any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files," Microsoft said in a Knowledge Base article describing the update.
The article adds that many hacked copies of Windows 7 are also infected with malware -- malicious code meant to violate the user's computer security, steal information or hold the PC hostage, for instance.