Hackers have managed to fully break open the security of PC DRM Denuvo, which has stayed safe from any hacks for more than an year now.
Denuvo has been in the spotlight recently because of its anti-DRM practice. The company is responsible for providing security to many recent games from both, indie and AAA developers. Some of the games that used Denuvo DRM include Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3 and INSIDE. All of these games have managed to remain safe from hackers until recently, when a bypass was discovered for Denuvo.
This new trick allowed the hackers to bypass the security measures set by Denuvo and run games without DRM. It appears to have been patched quickly by the Denuvo developer until recently, when a group of hackers, who go by the online name “CPY”, and have cracked some major games in the past including Battlefield: Hardline and Batman: Arkham Knight, managed to release a proper working crack for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
While the earlier Denuvo cracks relied on a Steam account and were merely bypassing the security measures, this new crack can work offline just like other traditional hacks and doesn’t require a Steam account.
As explained by one of the hackers who worked on the Steam bypass method, this crack can require a few days for each game as it patches all the DRM checks initiated by Denuvo in the game. So far the first game to get such a crack is Rise of the Tomb Raider but it remains to be seen if other games can be cracked using similar method.
When it comes to piracy, there doesn’t appear to a major effect on the sales of a game regardless if it is pirated or not. This can be seen in some of the recent releases without DRM including Dark Souls 3, which was released without any DRM and has managed to sell more than 1 million copies on Steam.
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