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Ubisoft cleans up virus from their DRM system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Jul 2012 15:51 User comments (4)

Ubisoft cleans up virus from their DRM system Ubisoft has patched their Uplay DRM system today, hours after it was discovered to be full of malware.
The DRM, which forces gamers to always be connected to the Internet or not be able to play their games (even in single player mode), has already been universally panned since its introduction in 2010.

Before the patch, game installations were coming with a browser plug-in that gave any website full access to a user's system, without permission.

"Ubisoft takes security issues very seriously, and we will continue to monitor all reports of vulnerabilities within our software and take swift action to resolve such issues," said the games company.

The first to discover the malware was actually a Google engineer who was downloading the latest Assassin's Creed to his laptop.

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4 user comments

130.7.2012 17:53

Patch my ass, get rid of DRM altogether. It doesn't work, pirates find a fix to it in 1/100th the time it took for your ignorant asses to write it & the money you took making it could be better spent on lowering game prices & better customer service.

Well shit, I guess I don't get a golden parachute...


230.7.2012 18:29

All they need is a basic form of drm to prevent copies from being made too easily. That keeps the honest people honest, saves the company tons of money and development time, and they won't be emberrassed when it gets easily defeated.

331.7.2012 11:39

Lame excuse fail. The fact that this "accidental" little bit of malware was included merely reinforces my decision to happily pirate every Ubisoft software, and distribute the copies as widely as possible. They are generating the piracy problem they think they are solving.

The only other company I do that for is Microsoft.

Pissing consumers off is not consequence-free.

431.7.2012 23:45

let me board the ship captain!!!

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