It is an obvious reality that a large majority of the users of Windows and Office use them by means of pirated copies that they later activate with various programs (In China 9 out of 10 installations of Windows are pirated), although Microsoft has spent a lot of time in this area. It is so much the case that some users with pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 updated to Windows 10, and Microsoft verified the license, as long as they updated it. Nevertheless, now they are not going to let a really serious situation happen.
Microsoft has detected a user who tried to illegally activate more than 1,000 copies of Windows and Office
According to what Microsoft has detected, one IP address tried to activate 1,000 copies of software illegally. While it is not really relevant to Microsoft that one individual pirates copies, if a business or person does it to make money from it, that could be very damaging, so they have decided to sue the person who tried to complete these activations.
The company explains in its suit that the IP address used by the individual or group of people, which are referred to as “John Does 1-10” (Anonymous). The IP address used was 22.214.171.124, property of the American operator Comcast and is located in New Jersey.
To illegally activate the software, the accused party contacted Microsoft’s servers 2,800 times from December 2014 to July 2017, who sent them the information necessary to complete an activation of the operating system. According to the assertion of the company, they believe it could have to do with a store which illegally activated Microsoft products for its clients, and probably charged for the service.
Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, along with Office 2010: the pirated products
Among the products that the store activated were Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 21010. According to Microsoft, the licenses were more that the permitted amount of times, or in some cases software was activated outside of the expected region for the license which was used.
It is known that Microsoft tracks the IP addresses of users who pirate Windows, and since they are the ones who have to verify the licenses, they can obtain all of the possible information of the unit which is trying to activate the copy, for the purpose of verifying the copy’s legitimacy.