Microsoft goes on a pirate hunting spree, files lawsuit against Windows 7 and 8.1 pirates
While Microsoft’s Windows and Office continues to be affected by software piracy, the software giant is simultaneously fighting its case against those who have illegally activated its products. However, this time the company has managed to track down hackers who activated 1000 copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 operating system and the productivity suite.
Before coming to an assumption about this person involved, one should keep in mind that there could be chances that the one involved is a retailer that sells Windows PCs. Hence, activates them with licenses, which were stolen from Microsoft’s supply chain claims the software giant.
There are very rare chances of an individual activating so many licenses, as a result of which, it does not Microsoft’s attention. But, whenever someone pirates thousands of copies of Windows and Office, then that is something the company needs to be careful about.
Microsoft describes that the affected software includes Windows 7, Vista, and 8.1, as well as Office 2010 and 2013 in lawsuits filed with a Seattle court. While the company has been able to track down the pirate’s IP, it is now requesting the judge for approval to discover its identity and make him pay for what he did.
“Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified over one thousand product activations originating from IP address 188.8.131.52 (‘the IP Address’), which is presently assigned to Earthlink Inc., and which, on information and belief, is being used by the Defendants in furtherance of the unlawful conduct alleged herein,” reveal the court documents.
In some way, these new findings might be linked to past cases of software piracy and it seems like the same IP is being used to activate more copies of Windows and Office these days, according to the company.
“On information and belief, Defendants have been and continue to be involved in installing counterfeit and infringing copies of Microsoft’s software and/or related components,” it noted.
Microsoft is definitely not willing to accept software piracy anymore, particularly when it involves such a huge number of product keys.