Hackers have found a BIOS hack that circumvents the anti-piracy features built into the Windows Vista operating system.
The method uses a feature that allows system builders to qualify new computers as licensed by inserting a short digital marker in the BIOS. The marker bypasses product activation and anti-piracy checks.
Another method uses software that fools Windows into believing that it is running on a qualifying system.
Microsoft is apparently monitoring the situation.
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