Looks Like Vista Serials Have Been Hacked

I read a post about this yesterday just seconds before it was banned from Videohelp.com. Now that it is news I figured I would pass it along. I have looked at the program and it does things the hard way, looking for valid serials by brute force. If it is not stopped somehow, people will start activating keys already owned by real owners.

I have left the links out due to links to the actual hack.

This does not bode well for legitimate users.

Looks Like Vista Serials Have Been Hacked

Uhm, did ANYONE think it wouldn’t happen?

well duh…

check out some of the torrent sites…the release date there were many on upload

The chance of that happening is pretty remote I think.

I hope you are right.

This news story taken from ??? site. Links lefted out to the actual hack.

[B]Vista activation cracked by brute force [/B]

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

There is an active thread at the ??? forums (account needed), and a summary on its main page about the crack.

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. I don’t have any Vista installs because of the anti-user licensing so I have not tested it personally.

The method of attack has got to be quite troubling for MS on many grounds. The crack is a glorified guesser, and with the speed of modern PCs and the number of outstanding keys, the 25-digit serials are within range. The biggest problem for MS? If this gets widespread, and I hope it will, people will start activating legit keys that are owned by other people

It won’t take long for boxes bought at retail to be activated before they are bought, and the people who plunk down money for the mal^h^h^hsoftware for real get ‘you are a filthy pirate’ messages. Won’t that be a laugh riot at the MS phone banks in Bangalore.

So, what do you do? There is really no differentiating between a legit copy with a manually typed in wrong key and a hack attempt. Sure MS can throttle this by limiting key attempts to one a minute or so on new software, but the older variants are already burnt to disk. The cat is out of the bag.

The code is floating, the method is known, and there is nothing MS can do at this point other than suck it down and prepare for the problems this causes. To make matters worse, MS will have to decide if it is worth it to allow people to take back legit keys that have been hijacked, or tell customers to go away, we have your money already, read your license agreement and get bent, we owe you nothing.

This is ugly for MS, and if it allows you to take back your legit keys, how long do you think it will take before people catch on to the fact that you can call in and hijack already purchased keys once you generate one that someone else activated?

No, this is a mess, and the problem is the very malware activation and anti-consumer licensing that MS built into Vista. Then again, it is kind of hard to feel sorry for them the way they screw their paying customers. We’ll give it three days before there is a slick GUI version with all the bells and whistles.

:cool: :cool:

Yea but most of them were fakes. There are already ways of getting vista for free. Microsoft always has a problem with their os. They been having problems like this since the release of 95. Come to think of it, every thing microsoft has released has gotten hack. The xbox, xbox 360, zune, and so on. They really havent done a whole lot to fix them either. With XP they did but it failed.

If you want to steal something bad enough you can succeed. That does not mean you will not get caught. :cop:

Just to be clear, the point of my mention was not to point out that MS Vista could be stolen, but to point out that it could be stolen in a way that might do damage to legitimate users.

MS will just block all illegitimate keys with a Windows Update… MS knows which keys it gave out and the chances of you finding a key that someone else has is very slim…

So its cool for now, but not a permanent solution… Just another choice to the timerstop crack…

:iagree: :iagree:

The sad thing though is that people who bought legit copies are getting the short end of the stick. There have been several news stories where customers are having problems with the keys, and basicly MS is telling them you have to buy a new one, read your license agreement.

:cool: :cool:

Just an FYI…

For anyone who is considering it, be [B]extremely[/B] careful of these Vista cracks or keygens as many of them contain Trojans. Think twice.

Very true, Doctor Morbius. As far as people cracking reg codes for Vista…This is a similar scenario to the original DVD hack designed by that wonderful 16 year-old Scandinavian (name escapes me…). Big business always says: “It can’t be done…” and then some clever kid comes along and says, “Yes it can!”

If a person can make it, a person can break it, or break into it. :wink: :slight_smile:

you do windows updates? I’ve got a legit copy of XP and rarely update and then i choose which updates i want

You mean, besides the cracked/alternative VLK server?

With Vista already causing headaches for many users, why wouldnt you want to update it and fix the bugs? You wont know which update will blacklist those keys till after the fact… And just like XP, they will force you to update to SP2 or even a newer WGA if you want to get any newer updates… Im on the back seat of the bus with Vista, watching everyone else in front of me play with it… Im really only interested in the x64 version and thats only when I decide to upgrade my current system to a dual core processor which wont be anytime soon…

@Debro: Yea that too… :wink:

There has long been a windows Autopatcher that will allow updating of XP and now Vista without connecting to MS. It is very useful when you do a clean install and don’t want to be online all day, or when you want to update multiple machines. It is not hacking and MS is well aware of these tools.

As far as I know it’s not just that MS is [I]aware[/I] of the tools; MS actually [I]wrote[/I] the script that those tools use.

Windows Vista “Brute Force Keygen” a hoax

“It sounded too good to be true, and it turns out it was. KezNews forum frequenter “Computer User” confessed last night that his Brute Force Keygen hack for Windows Vista is a scam. “Fact is the brute force keygen is a joke, i [sic] never intended for it to work. I have never gotten it to work, everyone should stop using it! Everyone who said they got a key a probably lying or mistaken!” Oddly enough, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZD Net, who we sourced the news from yesterday, claims to have found two activation keys with this method, so it’s hard to tell who to believe: a confessing prankster, or a potentially duped but trusted source. For the moment, we’re going to go with Computer User’s word on this one, because the likelihood that Microsoft would issue enough keys to make a random key generator at all viable for obtaining 25-character product keys is pretty dang slim.”

…maybe next time.

I wouldn’t want a copy of Vista even if MS sent me one…i know when i update to a new computer more than likely it will have Vista on it…but to just run out and purchase it…nah i’ll wait…i prefer to keep my OS on the legal side …