Windows 10 Scans for Counterfeit Software




2000px-The_Pirate_Bay_logo.svgPirate Bay, an online index of digital content, has been up since 2003, with irregular down times and  many legal allegations facing it. But, after such a long time, it may be facing something that may potentially bring it to its demise. Some users of Windows 10 reported that they have encountered security measures on the OS that don’t allow them access to torrenting services. These measures include not being allowed access to torrenting or file sharing sites, windows scanning systems’ hard drives for counterfeit software, sending contents of HDDs to local servers, and torrent files simply disappearing. Measures such as these would makes sense if they were implemented on Microsoft’s newest OS, primarily because Windows 8 was one of the most torrented operating systems in the world. Many private torrent tracker groups, in response to these reports, are banning the use of Windows 10 among members. A lot of the hype about Windows scanning hard drives for counterfeit software comes from the services agreement that says:

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

This could be applied to random copies of bootlegged software, but it most likely is covering Xbox services that look for counterfeit games. At this point in time, there is no hard evidence that Microsoft is taking up arms against illegal software through its new OS.




-Tory Leo