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Hackers release local Windows 8 KMS – for easy illegal activation

Posted at 05 November 2012 16:13 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

From various sources we’ve heard that Russian hackers have  released a software package called KMSmicro to run a local Key Management Server (KMS) for Windows 8 and Windows 7. With a local KMS it’s possible to activate Windows 8 without connecting to the Microsoft servers. This new development seems to open the door for pirates to easily activate illegal Windows 8 installations. The package is  a .RAR file that contains a virtual machine with the KMS on it  and scripts that make it easy to activate a Windows 8 installation using the KMS.

With this release it’s possible to have your Windows 8 installation contact your local KMS instead of Microsoft’s servers. The file was first released on Rapidshare but pretty quickly marked as illegal. Now the hackers are distributing the file on other sites and made it available on Bittorrent. The hackers also claim to have a key generator in development which would make it very easy to illegally activate Windows 8 installations on a big scale.

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There are 6 comments

aka74
MyCE Member
Posted on: 05 Nov 12 18:15
    Seems to be truth, I found this package on one russian torrent tracker. Folks there say it works.
    TSJnachos117
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 06 Nov 12 02:33
      Remember what I said about operating systems being unsecure? This proves it!
      debro
      Blown to smitherines
      Posted on: 06 Nov 12 12:03
        This doesn't prove that the OS is insecure, only that hackers have already broken the activation scheme.
        Wombler
        Administrator & Reviewer
        Posted on: 06 Nov 12 14:32
          Whether people want it or not is another thing.


          Wombler
          aka74
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 06 Nov 12 21:42
            Quote:
            operating systems being unsecure? This proves it!
            AFAIK it's not a system breach in *classical* meaning. No intrusion in system needed, no components are going to be changed/replaced after activation. It's the implementation of KMS server.
            xorsists
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 08 Nov 12 00:51
              the local KMS server works just fine I just can't understand why anyone would want to bother for an upgrade of 39.95 to windows 8 pro.

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