Piracy has been a huge problem for Microsoft as hackers have hacked and cracked almost all the products of Microsoft especially Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. In spite of Microsoft releasing technology after technology in order to counter piracy, the hackers have managed to keep it alive with their cracks. First Microsoft released Windows Genuine Advantage in Windows XP which failed as hackers managed to disable WGA and then Microsoft introduced Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) in Windows 7 which also failed as hackers managed to start Windows 7 without WAT.
Now with their new Operating System, Windows 8, Microsoft is up to the task again and hiring developers in order to develop another anti-hacking system which will take care of the piracy in Windows 8. All this was leaked a while ago when a job was posted on Microsoft Careers website requiring a senior developer for this job. Here’s the job details posted at Microsoft Careers site:
“Our Group is on a mission to build a rich, powerful platform to help protect Microsoft products against piracy. Here is your chance to join a team of exceptional developers as we build an extensible cross-company platform to support this vision. This is a fast-paced group that rewards smart and motivated individuals.
We are looking for an experienced software developer to help us design and build new anti-hacking mechanisms, hack detection, and work on the security processor driver. The work touches many layers of the operating system and includes opportunities for partnership with MS Research and other security teams at Microsoft to productize exciting innovations and ideas that help shake hackers and crackers off Microsoft products.
It’s not for the faint of heart, but the diversity of the problem space in this area is rich in growth opportunities just waiting for the right candidate. You will have ample opportunity to diversify your skill set and grow. In this position, you’ll get a chance to work on many aspects of the platform, starting with an assignment to drive the design of our application and Operating System (OS) virtualization support. ”
Although Microsoft is doing a lot of work in order to reduce and minimize piracy from their products, hackers will always find new ways to get into the systems and crack Microsoft software. Let’s hope that Microsoft will build something very tough for the hackers to crack this time.