Ubisoft’s DRM Hacked Again

Back then, piracy was as simple as a piece of tape

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.

via Gamerant.

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  • B Wheatley

    I disagree with them “undermining a business” I bought the game and downloaded the crack just so i could play the game without all the bs DRM. Honest people will be honest and buy the game but a lot of the crap that passes for drm these days is spyware or root kits.

  • I guess I liken it to airport security now. It is ridiculous what we have to do (shoes off, really?) But it is the cost of doing business in an airport. So, too, will the cost of playing games for honest gamers be the constant internet connection.

    On a seperate not, my caption on the picture was backwards, a piece of tape made a floppy disk write protected, a holepuncher broke that write protection, though I guess in piracy write protection isn’t what’s needed anyway so the whole thing is nonsense. 🙂

  • h2dude69

    I was gonna buy Assassin’s Creed 2 but then when I saw all this DRM crap, I just said “HELL NO” and downloaded the game from a torrent site.

  • chris

    Same here, will NOT buy the game just because of the TERRIBLE DRM…. Will download the cracked version

  • 34uy56irt890furj23pd2

    Even if the company implements a crap DRM scheme, you should still buy the game from them in order to support them. They’ve got families and bills to pay after all.

    I’m all for buying the game and then patching it to remove DRM – you should not require an internet connection to play an offline game, ever. Players should be allowed to play an offline game on the machine they purchased it without needing to worry about the internet being active simply for the sake of DRM.