It appears that the days of trying out early builds of the Windows operating system before launch are behind us, because according to a new report, Microsoft have made some sweeping internal changes to prevent such leaks.
WZOR might have returned, but they return with some surprising news.
The leak group claims that the software giant has increased security in its Redmond offices to ensure that no Windows copies are leaked. Additionally, the company can now also track down whoever publishes an early build of the operating system.
This is done via monitoring access to the servers that store test builds of Windows 8.1 Update 2, and testers can only try out the upcoming OS by individual requesting a key generated by the company.
Needless to say, each copy is digitally signed with this new key — and if a leaked copy reaches the web, Microsoft will have the ability to track down who posted it online.
And that’s not all.
The company is also keeping a rather close eye on its office in China, because apparently, many of the leaks that made their way to the web came from this country.
Even the corporate sales division in China is now closely monitored for suspicious activities.
Pretty comprehensive security layout from Microsoft, and it seems that senior executives at the company were not all too pleased with the various Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 builds that leaked out in the past couple of years.
Whether we get any further leaks, only time will tell.