Microsoft’s updated End User Licence Agreement terms and conditions let
it disable any counterfeit software or hardware and, if you’re running a
Windows 10 computer, you’ve just agreed to them.
Section 7b – or “Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to
These Terms” – of Microsoft’s Services EULA stipulates that it “may
automatically check your version of the software and download software
update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from
accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised
hardware peripheral devices.”
This means that, if you use Windows 10, a Windows phone, or any of
Microsoft’s other services, Redmond can disable any games you’ve pirated
or devices you’ve unlawfully hacked.