Web users warned over security of P2P Windows 7 OS file

Windows fans should avoid downloading and installing pirate copies of an early build of Windows 7, the new Microsoft operating system, which has leaked onto...

Windows fans should avoid downloading and installing pirate copies of an early build of Windows 7, the new Microsoft operating system, which has leaked onto file-sharing websites, says application security specialist Fortify Software.

Rob Rachwald, Fortify director of product marketing, said, "Reports suggest that pirate versions of an early build of Windows 7, which is under alpha test with developers, is available for file-sharing on the internet. Given the low level at which this operating system installs on a PC, we recommend users give the version a very wide berth because of the associated security risks."

Reports suggest that Build 7000 of Windows 7 has been downloaded and installed by tens of thousands of internet users.

The problem with this version, says Rachwald, is that there is no way of authenticating that the early build has not been tampered with by a hacker, who may have coded all sorts of malware into the 2.44 gigabytes file.

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