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Russian hackers release Denuvo anti-piracy cracking instruction video

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Raymond Bakker
Friday, September 2, 2016 | 10:02 GMT
2 min.

Russian hackers release Denuvo anti-piracy cracking instruction video

Friday, September 2, 2016 | 10:02 GMT
by
Raymond Bakker


Two Russian hackers have released an hour long instruction video on how to crack parts of the anti-piracy software Denuvo. The video helps other crackers remove the software faster and more efficiently.


The new instruction video was made by Russian hackers Bronco and PainteR. Hacker Bronco is mostly known for his endeavours in tampering with Denuvo while hacker PainteR is known for releasing hundreds of cracks for Adobe products.

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With the new instruction video Denuvo anti-piracy crackers are able to remove the CPUID check system that prevents many game obtained through illegitimate channels from launching.

The CPUID system compares a list of several components inside the player's PC with a file on an online server. According to insiders the CPUID system is the single most difficult thing to remove in Denuvo protected products.

With the new video crackers will be able to release cracks for Denuvo protected games much faster, leaving only so-called triggers left to be removed.

Triggers are functions that are spread all over the game's executable. The functions can cause cracked game to close if it detects irregular behavior.

The instruction video pays tribute to several other Denuvo crackers, including Voksi for releasing a bypass method and CONSPIR4CY, or CPY, for releasing the first real Denuvo crack for the game Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Anti-piracy software included in games has long been scrutinized for causing all sorts of issues, including crashes and frame rate issues. When Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015 hundreds of games protected by anti-piracy techonology SecuROM stopped working.

Denuvo is currently being developed by the same company that also worked on SecuROM, making gamers around the world wary of issues that could make their purchased game unusable in the near future.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.
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