Ubisoft DRM: Cracked in a Day

The Ubisoft latest DRM was cracked within a day of its release. The DRM was first used on a submarine simulator game Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic. It had not even been a day since the game was released and a patch to the game was released a few hours later. Surprisingly, the game as well as the patch was cracked within a day’s time by a scene group which goes by the name of Skidrow. Not only this, the cracked version of the game is currently circulating torrent sites.

Digital rights management (DRM) is a generic term for access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to try to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices.

The DRM crack, if true, comes as a big blow to Ubisoft. Not only has it pissed off its legit customers with concerns of a snappy Internet connection, now that the cracked version is out, it seems to be the logical option to many.

The DRM worked by constantly checking the authentication of an user online. This needed the gamer to be connected to the in Internet constantly. The group which has claimed the crack has also remarked that, while using the patched version of the game executable, it is enough not to use the loader or to switch off the Internet connection. This makes the game run DRM free.

So now, legit buyers keep praying your Internet connection holds on. Once again, the whole point of using DRM and other forms of protection are rendered totally useless. The crackers and reverse engineering experts are way ahead of the developers, and they are doing this just for the fun of it!

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.