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Ubi's DRM servers vulnerable to attacks

Ubi's DRM servers vulnerable to attacks

Ubisoft's DRM servers were bought down by hackers attacking the system, claims Ubisoft.

Ubisoft has spoken out about the server downtime yesterday which crippled the new always-online DRM system the company uses and stopped fans from playing their games, revealing that the servers were brought down by denial of service attacks.

Speaking to Eurogamer though, a Ubisoft spokesperson remained adamant that the server downtime only affected 5 percent of players, while the remaining portion wouldn't have even noticed.

"Ubisoft would like to apologise to anyone who could not play ACII or SH5 yesterday," said a press statement released yesterday.

"Servers were attacked and while the servers did not go down, service was limited from 2.30pm to 9pm Paris time [1.30pm - 8pm GMT]...95 per cent of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors."

"All players with an open session during the attack were not affected.

"We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."

Meanwhile, unofficial reports from pirates continue to circulate that cracked versions of the game are available, though that's unconfirmed. It's also worth noting that, even if only 5 percent of gamers were affected by the downtime, Ubisoft has still revealed that their servers are vulnerable to even basic attacks.

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Naberius 9th March 2010, 13:04 Quote
If a cracked version does exist then its a bit annoying that they will be getting a better service than those like myself who have brought the game, by not having to put up with the stupid drm.
Cerberus90 9th March 2010, 13:09 Quote
How can a cracked version be valid???

Are they going to allow one official cracked version, :D
dire_wolf 9th March 2010, 13:16 Quote
Hahaha, what a bunch of barefaced liars
DragunovHUN 9th March 2010, 13:18 Quote
"We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."

The tracker i use for linux distros begs to differ....
shanky887614 9th March 2010, 13:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Naberius
If a cracked version does exist then its a bit annoying that they will be getting a better service than those like myself who have brought the game, by not having to put up with the stupid drm.

it dose exicst i found it last night i only found it on someones website (hosted themselfs becasue it was jsut an ip address)
the reason they are saying that a working one dose not exicst becasue the beta patch had a bug that you could get into the animus (in first 10mins of game) that has now been fixed
and it was never done by skid-row ignore these rumors
feedayeen 9th March 2010, 14:04 Quote
Only 5% of gamers affected? What metric is this based on? Of our customers who tried to play the game during the downtime, only 5% of them received the error, or was it that of our customers who bought the game, we estimate that only 5% of them wanted to play the game during the downtime?
shanky887614 9th March 2010, 14:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by feedayeen
Only 5% of gamers affected? What metric is this based on? Of our customers who tried to play the game during the downtime, only 5% of them received the error, or was it that of our customers who bought the game, we estimate that only 5% of them wanted to play the game during the downtime?

i htink its more likely that only %5 were willing to pay 60p a minute for there support line
GravitySmacked 9th March 2010, 14:30 Quote
I wouldn’t be surprised if it was down to an attack, the anger is there.
barndoor101 9th March 2010, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by fac51
I wouldn’t be surprised if it was down to an attack, the anger is there.

i think it was an attack, only the attack took the form of paying customers trying to connect to play the game they bought.
pimonserry 9th March 2010, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by fac51
I wouldn’t be surprised if it was down to an attack, the anger is there.
Quite irritating TBH, if they are so angry, why don't they just pirate the game like they were probably going to anyway, instead of shutting down the servers so I can't play :(
cyrilthefish 9th March 2010, 14:48 Quote
http://www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com/images/07-minister.jpg

"This is all because of pirates"

"We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."
eddtox 9th March 2010, 15:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
http://www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com/images/07-minister.jpg

"This is all because of pirates"

"We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."

You, sir, get +1 rep for that witty remark.
They're not exactly going to turn around and say 'It's ok, you can get the cracked version from bit torrent. It doesn't have this problem.
paisa666 9th March 2010, 16:24 Quote
hahahahahahahahah

yup, we talk about this a few months ago i remember :|

Honestly I didnt espect we would be proven right so quickly, this completely sucks, you cant even start a single player game if the servers go down, and they do :@

And yes, a pirated copy will have no problem at all, that just great .@
DXR_13KE 9th March 2010, 16:52 Quote
They are trying to contain the problem and at the same time avoid loosing credibility with their investors.....
glaeken 9th March 2010, 17:25 Quote
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Ubisoft has spoken out about the server downtime yesterday which crippled the new always-online DRM system the company uses and stopped fans from playing their games, revealing that the servers were bought brought down by denial of service attacks.
Farfalho 9th March 2010, 17:59 Quote
Seriously guys, at least two days in a row mispelling BROUGHT. Once in a while it's funny and all but constantly making the same mistake is quite annoying. Joe, have you any problem with the R in brought? =\ The others mispellings I don't know who made them but come on guys, it's kind of becoming an nuisance.

Back to the article, I read about this yesterday that Ubi was blamming hackers for the downtime which almost everyone agreed with "They didn't have the capacity to fulfill the needs of the amount of players being online and since admiting that is lack of knowledge and profissionalism"
PR must have though: "Let's blame it on the hackers! Yeah, hackers, that should do it!"
Bionic-Blob 9th March 2010, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farfalho
Seriously guys, at least two days in a row mispelling misspelling BROUGHT. Once in a while it's funny and all but constantly making the same mistake is quite annoying. Joe, have you any problem with the R in brought? =\ The others other mispellings misspellings I don't know who made them but come on guys, it's kind of becoming an nuisance.

Back to the article, I read about this yesterday that Ubi was blamming blaming hackers for the downtime which almost everyone agreed with "They didn't have the capacity to fulfill the needs of the amount of players being online and since admiting admitting that is lack of knowledge and profissionalism professionalism"
PR must have though thought: "Let's blame it on the hackers! Yeah, hackers, that should do it!"

....
CardJoe 9th March 2010, 18:43 Quote
Updated spelling in artikle awtickle arkitle the OP.
pendragon 9th March 2010, 18:51 Quote
lol.. this was posted on the [H] yesterday ... man, the commenters there ripped ubisoft a new one over this.. I don't blame them, either.
Mentai 9th March 2010, 20:18 Quote
So because most people in here seem to think that Ubi are blatant liars (out of hate?) I thought I'd find out what's really happening on my own. Through the couple of hours of looking over dodgy websites last night I found the IP addresses of the DRM servers (with the encouraged msg of DDOS them attached), and I also found cracks for SH5 and AC2...
However, despite a few claiming that the cracks worked, the majority claimed otherwise.

I think the idea is, ruin Ubi's DRM and the experience of legitimate customers all while saying pirates are getting a better experience (not yet true), and hopefully Ubi will get such a bad rep they'll ditch the system.
Now as much as I'm against draconian schemes, I think Ubi's might actually be worth while since it appears to be working. I'm not saying it's uncrackable, however due to the way it functions, I don't think a crack will be out for a long time.

The AC2 disc you buy is not a complete game. At the start of missions and other key points it downloads encrypted temp files, which are essentially keys that unlock the mission and allow you to continue playing. This is why people (shanky887614) are claiming "the reason they are saying that a working one dose not exicst becasue the beta patch had a bug that you could get into the animus (in first 10mins of game) that has now been fixed". Right, so far the first key has been cracked... you can get into and run around the world, but you cannot accept any missions, so what's the point?

Essentially to crack any Ubi game from now and into the future, a hacker must complete the game 100% to get all the temp files, decrypt and finally crack them, and with a game as big as AC2, that is going to take a lot of time and effort. In that time, Ubi has a huge boost in sales they wouldn't have otherwise. Now that there can't be any pre release leaks, all the pirates who were lost sales because they could get something they wanted for free have to buy it... and the rest weren't going to buy it anyway. With the amount of effort required to completely crack a game I don't think we'll see half the releases get cracked either.

It is still too early to call, but it seems to me that Ubi has defeated piracy on the PC (as much as it possibly can be). I for one applaud them for it.
barndoor101 9th March 2010, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
It is still too early to call, but it seems to me that Ubi has defeated piracy on the PC (as much as it possibly can be). I for one applaud them for it.

thats a rather sweeping statement for something still too early to call isnt it?

just remember, every DRM system has been called uncrackable when it was introduced. if that were true why would we need new types?
Mentai 9th March 2010, 21:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by barndoor101
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Originally Posted by Mentai
It is still too early to call, but it seems to me that Ubi has defeated piracy on the PC (as much as it possibly can be). I for one applaud them for it.

thats a rather sweeping statement for something still too early to call isnt it?

just remember, every DRM system has been called uncrackable when it was introduced. if that were true why would we need new types?

This isn't just a phone home system that can get bypassed (they've already cracked that part), it's also system which you need to get data missing from the game itself. I'm sure it is crackable, and I'm confident we'll see a cracked AC2 within weeks, which is why I added the "as much as it possibly can be" caveat. But the point is that it could take weeks, and that's for each individual game (I'm going to assume Ubi isn't dumb enough to not differentiate the keys).

There are a surprising number of people that are happy to buy games they want if they can't get them for free. That is why PC releases are spaced so far from consoles, and that is also why this system will work. If each game Ubi releases has to be completed to 100% before the crackers can get all the encrypted keys, they get all the sales from impatient people. Even when I was browsing the release sites, sites where you'd think people would be most adamant against buying DRM riddled games, a good number of the posts were "this is taking too long, I'm just going to go out and buy it".
Razor released Mass Effect 2 a full 5 days before it was out. Think of how many potential buyers completed that game before it was even released, and then forgot about it. This effectively can't happen anymore, which I'm sure most publishers would see as victory enough, even if the rest of the system doesn't work out the way they (and I) hope.
ZERO <ibis> 10th March 2010, 02:59 Quote
They figure that only 5% of the people who got their games actually play them...

Or the 5 and % are the same key and it saved time to say 5%
B3CK 10th March 2010, 05:42 Quote
My question is, what should UBI have to provide to it's paying customers when their service is un-available? When my cable connection drops, I get pro-rated credit for the outage; so if I'm forced to buy one of their drm'd games, what compensation do I get if they fail on their end? Woefully, the only thing I can think of is to sue them for the refund price and court costs.
Mentai 10th March 2010, 06:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by B3CK
My question is, what should UBI have to provide to it's paying customers when their service is un-available? When my cable connection drops, I get pro-rated credit for the outage; so if I'm forced to buy one of their drm'd games, what compensation do I get if they fail on their end? Woefully, the only thing I can think of is to sue them for the refund price and court costs.

Free DLC? They're pumping the paid stuff out fast enough on the consoles.
Oh and I know I was advocating this DRM earlier, but I just noticed this "UBISOFT MAY CANCEL ACCESS TO ONLINE FEATURES UPON A 30-DAY PRIOR NOTICE".
If you're going to have the most intrusive DRM ever made, you don't have to be a dick about it... Sigh.
GiantStickMan 10th March 2010, 07:27 Quote
My biggest issue with these systems is sure, they may be working now (well, for the most part anyways) but nothing is set in concrete and if Ubisoft go out of business or they decide to stop supporting older titles, what happens to the consumer who legitimately purchased their title and still want to play it? I regularly play older titles, so i want the assurance I can play them a few years from now.
On topic though, i am all for DRM that cuts down on piracy, and can anyone say this system is worse than StarForce was?
barndoor101 10th March 2010, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantStickMan
On topic though, i am all for DRM that cuts down on piracy, and can anyone say this system is worse than StarForce was?

well considering it only stops you from playing the game instead of bricking your hardware, id say starforce was worse.

Im disapointed by this. I was a fan of the first one, i could look past the failings and constant repetition so i had high hopes (especially the console crowd at the office bragging at me). but when ubisoft announced the DRM i thought 'nah, if they are going to be assholes about logging in then i wont bother'. id rather go buy BC2 or wait for metro 2033, since they arent treating their paying customers like pirates.
Evildead666 10th March 2010, 19:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by barndoor101
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Originally Posted by GiantStickMan
On topic though, i am all for DRM that cuts down on piracy, and can anyone say this system is worse than StarForce was?

well considering it only stops you from playing the game instead of bricking your hardware, id say starforce was worse.

Im disapointed by this. I was a fan of the first one, i could look past the failings and constant repetition so i had high hopes (especially the console crowd at the office bragging at me). but when ubisoft announced the DRM i thought 'nah, if they are going to be assholes about logging in then i wont bother'. id rather go buy BC2 or wait for metro 2033, since they arent treating their paying customers like pirates.

+1 and the fact that in 5-10 years, the game wi be unavailable in its "full" Form.
eddtox 11th March 2010, 23:31 Quote
I still regularly play Age of Empires (1997), Ignition (1997), MechCommander (1998) and Albion (1995). Will YOU be able to enjoy your purchase in 15 years time? (Hint: it costs money to run servers. Hint2: you don't have all the data you need on your disc, so it's not just a case of removing the activation procedure)
thehippoz 11th March 2010, 23:47 Quote
ah I play age eddtox.. original age of empires was so much fun.. I liked persian myself cause I would rush off the deer meat bonus in stone =| friend liked hittite of course.. we used to play in the gaming zone servers- that's when found out how many gay people play video games.. some of the best zone players we found out were gay heheh did some gay only tryouts in a room one day (just a joke but shocking!)

dunno if you remember the kronic and vow clans.. I wrote the kronic website =] played against maimin matty in the player hosted tourney too- now that guy is something else.. he techs so fast and even makes comments on when you tool (cause you could see how many pop the other guy had)- adjust his game.. probably the best to ever play that game

I remember running around after he walled me off and totally ruined my rush lol

oh well off topic.. drm sucks!!
Mentai 15th March 2010, 12:09 Quote
Still no crack as far as I know. I wonder if their servers are still getting DDOS'd.

Despite this I think I'm going to go grab BC2 instead. Regardless of DRM I don't think AC2 worth full price for me.
eddtox 15th March 2010, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
ah I play age eddtox.. original age of empires was so much fun.. I liked persian myself cause I would rush off the deer meat bonus in stone =| friend liked hittite of course.. we used to play in the gaming zone servers- that's when found out how many gay people play video games.. some of the best zone players we found out were gay heheh did some gay only tryouts in a room one day (just a joke but shocking!)

dunno if you remember the kronic and vow clans.. I wrote the kronic website =] played against maimin matty in the player hosted tourney too- now that guy is something else.. he techs so fast and even makes comments on when you tool (cause you could see how many pop the other guy had)- adjust his game.. probably the best to ever play that game

I remember running around after he walled me off and totally ruined my rush lol

oh well off topic.. drm sucks!!

You are obviously in a different league to me. I was never all that good at it (in fact I haven't finished the game, ever) but I have always enjoyed it.
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