Microsoft’s efforts to curtail counterfeiting hit a snag when hackers discovered a new way to bypass its Windows Genuine Advantage, only days after the antipiracy software’s official debut. WGA requires users to verify that they have a legitimate copy of the operating system before they can download add-ons for Windows XP. A bypass is easily accomplished through any of several means, including pasting a JavaScript command string into the Internet Explorer browser. A security researcher outlined a method for bypassing the software using another Microsoft tool called GenuineCheck.exe. Microsoft is investigating the new claims and will take appropriate actions.


Microsoft’s efforts to curtail counterfeiting hit a snag when hackers discovered a new way to bypass its Windows Genuine Advantage, only days after the antipiracy software’s official debut. WGA requires users to verify that they have a legitimate copy of the operating system before they can download add-ons for Windows XP. A bypass is easily accomplished through any of several means, including pasting a JavaScript command string into the Internet Explorer browser. A security researcher outlined a method for bypassing the software using another Microsoft tool called GenuineCheck.exe. Microsoft is investigating the new claims and will take appropriate actions.