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    Finally some good news. Denuvo Properly Cracked ,“Rise of the Tomb Raider” 1st Victim

    Source: https://torrentfreak.com/denuvo-prop...victim-160809/

    Denuvo is the daddy of all gaming anti-piracy systems so when several protected titles appeared online this weekend, excitement was high. Shortly after, however, the loophole was closed. Now the champagne corks are popping again, with the first clear evidence that at least one iteration of Denuvo has been properly cracked.

    Over the years, many anti-piracy systems have ruffled the feathers of video game pirates but none have done so to the extent Denuvo has.

    Not a DRM technology its own right, Denuvo is software that acts as an anti-tamper mechanism, thwarting the efforts of so-called crackers who want to make games available for free.

    Before this weekend, just one Denuvo-protected title had appeared online. FIFA 16’s protection was bypassed, not cracked (a subtle but important detail), by Turk DM. Nevertheless, pirates never take even a bypass for granted – free games are free games, after all.

    Then this weekend, the floodgates opened. A cracker known as Voksi found a loophole in Steam which allowed many Denuvo-protected titles to be played for free. It was another bypass, one powered by a secret sauce.

    “His secret method for defeating Denuvo was beer, tons of it,” Voksi colleague Royalgamer06 told TorrentFreak.

    Royalgamer06 confirms that Voksi hails from Bulgaria and the pair met on a forum where they shared a passion for cracking games.

    “Voksi has been cracking for a number of years now. We met each other on [a Russian forum]. We both were releasing so-called ‘Steamworks fixed’, which allowed pirates to play cracked games online through Steam,” he says.

    “Somehow he found out about this exploit. At first, he couldn’t believe it himself. But after several tests it really worked. And then he got really excited and released it. This got the whole piracy community excited, which motivated Voksi even more.”

    And exciting it was too. After the Doom release came several other titles including Return of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, Homefront: The Revolution, ABZU, INSIDE and Total War WARHAMMER.

    “It’s a Denuvo bypass technically,” Royalgamer06 explains

    “It relies on an exploit using the DOOM Demo Denuvo activation. Voksi had to make different memory patches for each game to work. But the principle remained the same. So many pirates have been able to play and finish these games.”

    Indeed, according to stats provided by Voksi, an estimated 650K people used his bypass method over the weekend. It apparently somehow calls back home to him, hence the figures.

    But then yesterday, as thousands of pirates celebrated the surprise fall of Denuvo, misery struck. Voksi’s workaround was defeated.

    “Voksi’s exploit has been patched by Denuvo now,” Royalgamer06 told TF last night.

    “They disabled activations for the DOOM demo, which the bypass relied on. It took them three days to do it. Seems the Denuvo guys don’t work at the weekend.”

    But as the storm clouds gathered over pirate haunts everywhere and the sun beamed down on Denuvo in Austria, even bigger news appeared on the horizon. A single line of text on so-called pre-databases (sites that signal pirate releases) indicated that a big name in the piracy scene had made amazing progress.

    ‘Rise.Of.The.Tomb.Raider.READNFO-CONSPIR4CY’ references a release by a ‘Scene’ group known as CONSPIR4CY, a reported collaboration between CPY and CODEX.

    More than a bypass of Denuvo, this release of the latest Tomb Raider game appears to contain the Holy Grail – a bona fide crack of Denuvo.

    Predictably and despite its size, the 31GB file is now hot property on file-sharing sites. It comes updated with the latest patch and includes three DLCs including Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Cold Darkness Awakened and Endurance Mode.

    But while CONSPIR4CY (whose motto is “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned) have undoubtedly achieved something amazing in pirate terms, the Denuvo battle is probably far from won.

    Thus far only Tomb Raider has fallen, and that was released in January this year, meaning that the title had more than six months clear run at piracy-free sales. That being said, no one knows when CONSPIR4CY began working on Denuvo.

    In any event, optimism is high for more Denuvo titles being released soon.

    “Who knows what more Denuvo games get released now,” Royalgamer06 says.

    “Denuvo’s reputation will get crushed at this rate for sure. First they let this big [Voksi] exploit happen and now their infamous protection gets fully cracked by CONSPIR4CY.

    “Seems like there really is no way to beat piracy,” he concludes.
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    Yay!!!! So many games to come soon (I hope)
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    Apparently, the CONSPIR4CY release emulates the behavior Denuvo expects from a legitimate copy, rather than stripping the protection entirely as a "real" crack would do. But the game is playable offline and without any copy protection triggers, and that's what truly matters.
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    I have also heard that the same 'crack' files are working for some other games like Hitman too.
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    @article:

    Over the years, many anti-piracy systems have ruffled the feathers of video game pirates but none have done so to the extent Denuvo has.
    there were other protection systems that caused lengthy delays before

    Before this weekend, just one Denuvo-protected title had appeared online. FIFA 16’s protection was bypassed, not cracked
    several denuvo protected titles have been successfully released before (also by CPY)

    A cracker known as Voksi found a loophole in Steam which allowed many Denuvo-protected titles to be played for free.
    ...
    Voksi’s exploit has been patched by Denuvo now
    :yawn:

    references a release by a ‘Scene’ group known as CONSPIR4CY, a reported collaboration between CPY and CODEX.
    CPY changed their name to CONSPIR4CY, according to the nfo

    In any event, optimism is high for more Denuvo titles being released soon.
    similar to what happened with previous releases that circumvented earlier denuvo versions

    Who knows what more Denuvo games get released now,”
    those which used a similar version when they got released

    “Denuvo’s reputation will get crushed at this rate for sure.
    probably not, since they have no other competition

    “Seems like there really is no way to beat piracy,
    for every protection there is an anti-protection and vice versa (and protection/anti-protection possibilities are essentially limitless)


    since we're talking conspiracies, here's one: denuvo members could be leaking information in order to get more money for developing newer versions, while at the same time a lone italian scene group seems to know something no other group does

    on the other hand we could also talk anti-conspiracies: group member(s) got inspired to find a solution, while others had no time or patience to deal with difficult protection schemes

    although one might argue that the inspiration itself was a (divine) conspiratorial event hehe


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan View Post
    I have also heard that the same 'crack' files are working for some other games like Hitman too.
    That was true for the Voksi bypass, but since the Doom demo was pulled, it no longer works. The method CONSPIR4CY used requires them to make a crack (for the sake of convenience, I'll use the word "crack" even if it's emulated or whatever) for each game. It remains to be seen whether we'll have further cracks or not, but I hope so, simply because I was sick of reading that Denuvo = end of piracy
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    Quote Originally Posted by anon View Post
    simply because I was sick of reading that Denuvo = end of piracy
    Exactly my thoughts. Its strange that some protection cannot be broken in today's age.

    Strangely the crack does not have any .exe, so people are saying it may be used elsewhere too. Its funny though that a 50kb file broke the mammoth protection.
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    Yeah, my brother is playing Tomb Raider as we speak. It's a very good thing for all involved: (1) it shows that we have so much brainpower and ingenuity on our side, and (2) the people who create these locking mechanisms have to earn their pay and get to a a truly unbreakable system. It will require innovation, which means humanity will progress as a result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan
    Its strange that some protection cannot be broken in today's age.
    why would that be strange?
    able crackers are rare, they might have a life (and related problems) too, protection schemes are getting big budget support, they're always a step ahead of the opposition, new mechanisms are developed on a regular basis, some protections may need a lot of computer power or specialized software for analysis, etc.


    @SomeGuy :

    (1) it shows that we have so much brainpower and ingenuity on our side
    the other side has the same (exactly the same) at their disposal, though using a different approach or modus operandi

    (2) ...get to a a truly unbreakable system.
    there is no such thing (at least not in the materialistic world)

    It will require innovation
    'small bandwidth' innovation?
    come to think of it, this title could symbolically represent 'human' innovation

    which means humanity will progress as a result.
    humanity as a whole will first have to regress (degrade/degenerate/fall) before it can rise again - proof can be seen in the overall situation in the world regarding human societies, systems of governance, corruption levels, human goals and values, state of mind, state of the environment, general spiritual enlightenment, etc.

    but then again, all of this has been known for thousands of years, since humanity as well as the whole materialistic world continuously goes through numerous cycles (from its birth to its death and back again in a never-ending progression ('forward' movement, not necessarily advancement), as reflected in our daily lives through many events, like day/night, human birth/death..., reminding of these cosmic regularities)


    Parable of the Two Birds

    Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him...

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    Nice post :) the cat and mouse game continues haha
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    Skill using Voski's bypasser, It seems that is really hard to make new cracks appart from ROTR
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    I like this and what it represents
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    Doom-CPY 2016-09-07 15:30:58
    Inside-CONSPIR4CY 2016-08-23 07:11:45
    Rise.Of.The.Tomb.Raider.READNFO-CONSPIR4CY 2016-08-08 15:21:45

    a new denuvo protected release every 2 weeks or so? looking (too) good (to be true)
    also, lol @ rls notes of Doom-CPY


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    I don't mind "new" games cracked every two weeks
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