Pirated Windows 7 on sale at China's Beijing PC bazaar

Windows 7 pirated copies’ve hit the shelves at China's electronics bazaars, months before the operating system officially goes on sale. A stall owner at one of the multistory PC markets in Beijing sold a copy of the program for 40 yuan (US$5.86) on Monday. It was not clear from the thin, DVD-shaped box or the […]

Windows 7 pirated copies’ve hit the shelves at China's electronics bazaars, months before the operating system officially goes on sale. A stall owner at one of the multistory PC markets in Beijing sold a copy of the program for 40 yuan (US$5.86) on Monday. It was not clear from the thin, DVD-shaped box or the contents of the disc what version of Windows 7 it purported to carry, but a 1.8GB file named Win7.gho was on the disc. A .gho file’s an image of a system that can be copied onto a new hard drive, potentially letting a user bypass the activation key step for programs like Windows. It was not clear if the pirated Windows 7 disc carried malicious code, but its setup file promoted a Web site, www.pkghost.cn, infested with a high level of malware. Google found 31 scripting exploits, 25 Trojans and 21 other exploits on the site, according to its diagnostic page.