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Pirates Crack Microsoft's UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated (torrentfreak.com) 138

A piracy scene group has managed to get past the five layers of DRM in Microsoft's Unified Windows Platform UWP -- which enables software developers to create applications that can run across many devices. From a report: This week it became clear that the UWP system, previously believed to be uncrackable, had fallen to pirates. After being released on October 31, 2017, the somewhat underwhelming Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection became the first victim at the hands of popular scene group, CODEX. "This is the first scene release of a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) game. Therefore we would like to point out that it will of course only work on Windows 10. This particular game requires Windows 10 version 1607 or newer," the group said in its release notes. CODEX says it's important that the game isn't allowed to communicate with the Internet so the group advises users to block the game's executable in their firewall.
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Pirates Crack Microsoft's UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated

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  • Congratulations! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 17, 2018 @12:03PM (#56142206)

    Kudos to CODEX for this impressive feat! They are a living reminder that hard work, diligence, and persistence will ultimately lead to success!

    • No damn these filthy pirates. They should end up in a special kind of hell made of my little ponies for subjecting the world to Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animals Collection. This cracking of DRM proves once and for all there is no God.

  • by drunken_boxer777 ( 985820 ) on Saturday February 17, 2018 @12:05PM (#56142226)

    previously believed to be uncrackable

    By whom?

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • I just wish they would get a different term for the people doing the work...
      Every time I see or hear "Pirates Crack blah blah blah" I have this image of Johnny Depp lurching drunkenly around a bunch of hardware with a flagon of grog, exhorting his companions on to greater depths of digital skullduggery...
    • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday February 17, 2018 @12:40PM (#56142488)

      By the MS marketing department.

      Duh.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They keep using the word "Pirate" over and over too. What felonies were committed on the high seas?

      Are they actually talking about "Copyright infringement"? In that case, what copyrighted work has been stolen simply by "cracking" this system? If the door is unlocked, does that mean that the possessions have automatically been stolen?

      • The word piracy now refers to certain types of copyright infringement, in addition to theft of vessels and cargo on the high seas. Get over it. Language changes over time. That's the way of the world.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        They keep using the word "America". But Amerca is the continent, not a country (???) /s

        • by HiThere ( 15173 )

          I know. For awhile I tried to get people to use UStatian, but it never caught on.

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Perhaps the rest of the world can just agree to call it Dumbfuckistan. We already have alternative names for Deutschland and Nippon so it's not as if this would be unusual

    • I think the act of marketing it as uncrackable just attracts the attention of the kind of people looking for a good challenge.

      If I had to make and market my own DRM I'd brand it as "some weak shit that a five year old could probably break in under ten minutes and totally not worth anyone's actual time due to being so trivial and beneath your abilities." Who's going to try seeking out any glory from cracking that?
  • Effort (Score:4, Insightful)

    by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Saturday February 17, 2018 @12:14PM (#56142320)
    I wonder how much human effort is devoted to both construction and circumvention of DRM schemes. We've seen time and time again that it doesn't work and is ultimately defeated rendering the entire exercise ultimately futile, and yet so few seemingly try to do otherwise. If all of that effort were put to some other use, I'm curious about what could be accomplished. The individuals who work on this stuff on either side must be some incredibly intelligent people to do what they do, so I suspect their talents are utterly wasted on something as pointless as this.
    • That pretty much counts for anything in the world, I mean eye of the beholder. As long as there's money to be made, it's useful.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The problem with your reasoning is that you start from the wrong assumption ("DRM does not work").

      By any practical sense of success, DRM is working very well. Yes, someone, somewhere will crack any DRM eventually. So what? Who cares? What matters to Microsoft (or any other company) is not unhackablity, but the bottom line, and the bottom line is:

      * 99% of users will never hear of this hack. MS and other companies using DRM will make a lot of money out of those, more money than had DRM not existed.
      * Most of t

      • There's also the period of time before a crack is discovered. Between the game launch and that time, a lot of people will have no choice but to pay for the game they want to play.

        • by Bert64 ( 520050 )

          I don't think i've ever met anyone who would prefer to pirate a game, but decides to buy it at full price if a pirate copy is not available.

          Generally there are those who want to pay, and those who want or need to pirate.

          Those who want to pirate will always do so, and will wait for a pirate copy to become available.
          Many people pirate because they can't afford not to, these people *might* buy a game if it becomes cheap enough, DRM has nothing to do with that, only the cost.

          Those who generally want to buy game

          • There's also the group that doesn't mind paying for games, but will then download the cracked version in order to get a better playing experience.

            Similar to the group of people who will buy movies on DVD/BR, but download (or rip if they have the know-how/tools) a copy for use on the media server / player.

            I have no problem paying for things. But I'll find a way to use what I buy on any device I want to use it on, thank you very much!

    • If it would take more effort to convince managers/owners/IP holders that DRM is pointless, then going ahead and implementing DRM, then circumventing it is actually the more cost-effective approach.

      The assumption that if we didn't use DRM, everything else would be the the same except there would be no DRM, is based on a misunderstanding (non-understanding) of opportunity cost [wikipedia.org]. You have to compare to the nearest viable alternative, not some idealized utopian fantasy (e.g. Congress bans DRM).. So in this
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...is that there's apparently actual UWP apps out there, waiting to be cracked.

  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Saturday February 17, 2018 @12:21PM (#56142358)

    I had pirated Zoo Tycoon and it was the best thing ever but the day I saw Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection was the day my world changed. Could I have forked over the money? That's obviously crazy talk but since then I've been all consumed with this the sinking feeling I was missing out on one of the greatest treasures that life has to offer. Now that I can pirate Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection, it feels like a piece of my soul has been restored! ;)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    You do realize that Cracking/Pirating games/movies anything with DRM is not about money. It has never been about that. It has and always will be about the challenge of defeating a technical wall that 1 human puts up and says no other human can over come. It started with Agriculture, then Industry, Medicine and now the Digital-Age and so on. There are clones of just about everything out there, good or bad, worth it or not. Copying is in the human DNA, it is what humans do and will also do.

    Copy, Overcome, Ada

    • So we're done now, right?

      This wall has fallen. Great. The step-by-step information is available now. There's no challenge left, so if your argument is correct, Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection will be the only game UWP broken, with maybe a few exceptions as folks experiment with other techniques.

      We certainly won't see a flood of new titles being broken and released hours or days after their release like we have when other DRM schemes have been broken, right?

      • We certainly won't see a flood of new titles being broken and released hours or days after their release like we have when other DRM schemes have been broken, right?

        There will be, because when the wall is breached we take it ALL down to demonstrate to the wall-builders that they have failed. When that first bit of the Berlin wall was breached, they didn't leave all the rest of it in place.

        The challenge stops when idiots stop putting up walls.

        • GameboyRMH blathered:

          There will be, because when the wall is breached we take it ALL down to demonstrate to the wall-builders that they have failed. When that first bit of the Berlin wall was breached, they didn't leave all the rest of it in place.

          The challenge stops when idiots stop putting up walls.

          <facepalm>

          You are an idiot.

          I've been around the scene for a long time - probably longer than you've been alive. R. Bubba Magillicuddy has been a personal friend of mine since he was 13 years old, and I know from many discussions with him and other crackers on the subject over the years that there's absolutely NOTHING ideological in his or his peers' motives for breaking DRM.

          R. Bubba started cracking games when he was 12, because he wanted to play them, and couldn't afford to buy

  • Who cares?

    Seriously, does anyone still buy stuff where you have to jump through 10 hoops just to play the fucking game you just bought and still be accused of being a dirty, rotten bastard who might think of pondering considering or even dreaming of "pirating" it?

    As long as you keep buying that shit, studios will think you're ok with it. It's your money, use it to show them what you think of their attempt to tell you when, how and if you may use software that you legally paid for.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    UWP is one of the most invasive pieces of shit I have ever had the mispleasure of working with.

    If you so much as look at the files of a UWP application wrong, there's a good chance you'll fuck it up (thanks to the encrypted file system bullshit) and your only option to fix it is to re-download the entire application from scratch (which is great if you're dealing with a 45GB game). Forget about backing up anything UWP related- it's literally impossible, by design. And good luck getting an older version of an

  • ...That DRM is a complete waste of time, effort and resources. Give it up already, dump the DRM, make people happy. Keep the DRM, get cracked again.. and again.. and again. Same old insanity: Deploying DRM expecting it can't be cracked, but every time it is cracked. Yawn.

  • by wap911 ( 637820 )

    "...important that the game isn't allowed to communicate with the Internet so the group advises users to block the game's executable in their firewall...."

    Dotard Windows users are supposed to have the knowledge and skills to monkey with the firewall.

    On the other hand borking your OS from the internet keeps me in business.

  • Oh, the fools! If only they'd built it with 6 layers of DRM! When will they learn!?

  • What is this, the new "I'm behind seven proxies" for software?

  • This sounds a bit like those Gilette ads. What does layer 5 do that layers 1-4 could not already achieve?

  • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Sunday February 18, 2018 @04:49AM (#56146262)

    It's the first piece of UWP software anyone actually wanted to pirate.

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