There’s a rumor floating around that Russian hackers cracked Denuvo anti-piracy software, if rumors told by the hackers in question are in fact true. The hackers in this case targeted the game Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the hit 2013 “Tomb Raider” re-imagining. While it took them nearly a year since the game launched, they do appear to have video proof.
Denuvo is an anti-tampering DRM software that is layered on top of other DRM programs that are used to prevent game piracy. Denuvo managed to thwart hackers for many months, and was effective enough that many said that the age of game piracy was at an end. If it is true, and Russian hackers cracked Denuvo, then this is the second time that the software has been cracked.
The first time, earlier this year, was done by the Chinese hacker group 3DM, which was able to crack the Denuvo coding around Just Cause 3.
Piracy is normally used by many gamers with a lack of funds as a way to grab some games that they have been hotly anticipating, rather than paying money for it. However, even with Denuvo being cracked at least twice now, piracy appears to be dying out as developers take greater pains to protect their games and their revenue.
Piracy is responsible for a great deal of lost revenue from developers as hackers and pirates attempt to take the code and put it online for gamers to grab illegally.
Developers have begun to strike back against them in the past few years as well, putting in various “flaws” in the game that will prevent people who have pirated games from being able to play, or playing with a handicap.
But even if Russian hackers cracked Denuvo, what they got out of Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn’t look very appealing; the video proof that they posted shows the game working, but at an extremely low frame rate. Good luck being able to play through the game with that.