Report – Ubisoft’s DRM software hacked

Friday, 23 April 2010 11:42 GMT By Johnny Cullen


According to a report from CNet, Ubisoft’s DRM software for its most recent PC titles has been hacked.

When said hack is downloaded, which is apparently on torrent sites right now, it will remove the DRM – which requires a constant internet connection to play the games – automatically from both retail copies of the game, as well as digital versions of any Ubisoft game that has the software.

A group known as “Skid Row” are claiming responsibility for creating the hack.

“Thank you Ubisoft, this was quiete [sic] a challenge for us,” the group said in a note to the firm in the Read Me file that comes with the download of the hack, “but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do.”

It reads on: “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.”

It’s not the first time the DRM software has been claimed to have been cracked, however. It was thought back in early March that a pirate version of Silent Hunter V was available to play without the security software. Ubi told us soon after it was rubbish, and that no-one had gotten through.

And only last week, Splinter Cell: Conviction’s creative director Maxime Béland told VG247 that the DRM software is “vital” to Ubisoft’s business.

We’ll ship off an email right now.