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  • Beware if you are using a Pirated Windows 7: Microsoft Tracking Pirated Windows 7

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    Microsoft is tracking unknown defendant who have installed and activated unlicensed Microsoft software on hundreds of computer systems using unauthorized product keys. Taking into action the Microsoft has filed lawsuit in Washington State.

    “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 IP addresses do not provide Microsoft with the identity of any individuals activating the software,” said Microsoft spokesperson as reported by Digital Trends

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

    Microsoft's Windows has been pirated millions of times. According to the company the value of pirated software was in excess of $9.7 billion in 2013 in the United States.

    The company says, “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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