Microsoft Sues Pirating Comcast Subscriber

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  1. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

    Aug 13, 2012
    Microsoft has filed a complaint at a federal court in Washington accusing a Comcast subscriber of activating various pirated copies of its software. The account was identified by Microsoft's in-house cyberforensics team which logs suspicious "activation patterns."

    Traditionally, Microsoft isn’t known for going after people who use pirated copies of Windows, but every now and then the company draws a line in the sand. Late last week Microsoft filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a person, or persons, who activated pirated copies of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server and Office 10 from a Comcast Internet connection.

    The software company has a specialized cyberforensics department which analyzes activation logs to detect activation patterns and characteristics which make it likely that certain IP-addresses are engaged in unauthorized copying.

    “Cyberforensics allows Microsoft to analyze billions of activations of Microsoft software and identify activation patterns and characteristics that make it more likely than not that the IP address associated with the activations is an address through which pirated software is being activated,” the company writes in its complaint.

    Generally speaking, one person who activates a pirated copy of Windows has little to worry about. Microsoft will log those IP-addresses but has shown little interest in going after casual pirates.
    However, in this case the company noticed that a lot of suspicious activity was coming from a single Comcast connection.

    “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified several thousand product key activations originating from IP address, which is presently assigned to Comcast Cable Communications,” Microsoft writes.
  2. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

    Nov 30, 2014
    to get busted like that....this person most have been doing this for a living selling pirated copies...i assume if u activate over 300 to 500 copies from the same IP address i think that would trigger red flags all the way.....i wounder if that person understand offline activation.
  3. Gharlane00

    Gharlane00 MDL Addicted

    Aug 26, 2009
    All my Windows 8 instances were legal. Yay! it's not me. :eek:
  4. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

    Jul 4, 2014
    The guy deserves to be busted for pirating them on commercial level.
  5. andy.tay70

    andy.tay70 MDL Junior Member

    Dec 15, 2013
    Hope it wasn't murphy78 lol
  6. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

    Jul 4, 2014
    That IP seems to be coming from TX. I think Mr.Murphy78 lives in Germany. :g:
  7. Bezalel

    Bezalel MDL Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    They seem to do this yearly, In 2014 it was (AT&T) and in 2015 it was (Verizon). I don't know what the outcome was. Maybe they're trying each ISP to determine how easy it is to identify pirates.