Seems Ubisoft much-ballyhooed DRM is under fire again.. you know their DRM, their way of ensuring only legit copies of the game could be played by requiring an internet connection to their Online Services Network.. yeah, that DRM, was hacked by a group calling themselves Skid Row (No word from Sebastian Bach or Rob Affuso yet..). This would be the same Skid Row that has defeated Ubisoft’s DRM before — seems this time they got the bigger fish in Assassin’s Creed 2, though it took them a little longer – about a week.
The hacker group left a love letter to Ubisoft in a readme file with the hacked .EXE:
Thank you Ubisoft, this was quiete [sic] a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game and not on the DRM. It was probably horrible for all legit users. We just make their lifes [sic] easier.
I’m of mixed feelings here… the hacker in me applauds the effort, but it’s undermining a business. When I did this crap 18 years ago, I did it to tell my buddies in school the latest thing I cracked. I didn’t share it, sell it, or publish it.
So I’m kinda with Ubisoft on how they went about their DRM – frankly I think many services will be (and now are ) requiring constant internet connections to use (though this has its own problems). Once the issues are ironed out, with the prevalence of internet connectivity this, or something similar, seems the likely outcome.
Your turn again, Ubisoft.