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Anti-piracy technology Denuvo under fire as hacker releases new bypass methods

Raymond Bakker
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Raymond Bakker
Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 21:23 GMT
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Anti-piracy technology Denuvo under fire as hacker releases new bypass methods

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 21:23 GMT
Raymond Bakker
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Raymond Bakker


The notorious anti-piracy technology Denuvo has suffered a huge blow earlier this week as a hacker released bypass methods for several games protected by the software.

In the past 24 hours the hacker, who goes by the name of Voksi, released bypass methods for several popular games, including Doom, Just Cause 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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The three games have been protected by the anti-piracy technology since their release, preventing players from playing the game if it was acquired through illegitimate channels.

Although not much is known about how the bypass works, it is rumoured that the bypass makes use of a flaw in Denuvo's protection for demo versions of the games. The newly found flaw in Denuvo works in combination with a custom third-party server that emulates certain checks of the anti-piracy software.

Back in June we learned that EA Games had funded the initial development of Denuvo. The anti-piracy software was used in every EA Games title since the software was first available.

Now that the protection schemes of several titles protected by Denuvo have been bypassed it seems it will only be a matter of time until many more titles will follow, making the anti-piracy software obsolete.

Denuvo has yet to comment on the recent bypass methods.

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