Microsoft to deny pirates Windows updates


— 3:20 AM on January 26, 2005

Microsoft will reportedly deny access to Windows security patches and updates to those running illegitimate copies of the operating system.

By the middle of this year, Microsoft will make the verification mandatory in all countries for both add-on features to Windows as well as for all OS updates, including security patches. Microsoft will continue to allow all people to get Windows updates by turning on the Automatic Update feature within Windows. By doing so, Microsoft hopes it has struck a balance between promoting security and ensuring that people buy genuine versions of Windows.
It certainly seems reasonable for Microsoft to only make patches and updates available to legitimate Windows license holders, but the move could increase the number of vulnerable systems on the net. When compromised, those vulnerable systems can pose a threat to all internet users by participating in denial-of-service attacks, serving as spam relays, or engaging in other disruptive activities.
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