: A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin
: "We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation & validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software.
Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites is piracy, and exposes users to increased risks ââ‚¬" such as viruses, Trojans and other malware and malicious codeââ‚¬"that usually accompany counterfeit software."
Despite Microsoft firing a warning
to pirates earlier this year, the anti-piracy tools built into Windows 7 appear to have been beaten by a leaked OEM master key obtained from a Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD belonging to system manufacturer Lenovo.
The leaked disc image first surfaced on a Chinese forum
, and has since made its way across the globe where users are quickly using the master key to activate machines of any brand.
Proving that the hack does actually work, users are quickly posting up screenshots of their success. One such user, SongRemainsTheSame
from the MyDigitalLife.info
forums, has posted a validation picture (below).