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Microsoft's anti-piracy system hacked

by Nikola Strahija on August 1st, 2005 Only a day after Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy system went into effect Hackers found a way around it.


A simple JavaScript hack went in circulation only a day after WGA was published. All users had to do was paste a JavaScript URL *javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all')* into the Internet Explorer browser window at the beginning of the process and this turned off the key check.

Microsoft said it was investigating the hack but didn't consider it a security flaw. The company said that it may not take immediate action to fix the problem. They plan to fix the bug in one of the upcoming updates.

There are other ways of getting around WGA as well, none of them particularly complicated, say users. Another workaround involves disabling the Explorer add-on that enforces WGA. A third method involves changing an Explorer cookie.


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