Microsoft Tracks Down Windows And Office Pirates, Files Lawsuits

Posted by Megalith 10:53 AM (CDT)

Saturday June 04, 2016

Want to know a great way to get Microsoft’s attention? Activate over a thousand copies of Windows and Office using the same IP address.

Microsoft wasn't forced to deploy some unusual technology to sniff out the alleged pirates in this, or any of the other, cases. "As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product is activated," the lawsuit stated. In other words, Microsoft tallies the number of activations traced to each IP address, much like a web server log can be mined for the IP addresses that request pages.