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Warez group spies on pirates who download cracked software

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Nov 2013 4:56 User comments (11)

Warez group spies on pirates who download cracked software A Warez group has been exposed for collecting information on pirates who downloaded cracked software they released.
The group, "MeGaHeRTZ", has allegedly been including malicious elements in its cracks for popular software, including SmartFTP, DVDFab, FlashFXP, Incredimail, Traktor and BurnAware Professional.

Somebody noticed unusual firewall activity with a cracked version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro and investigated further, finding that the software had been e-mailing information back to a number of addresses, all of which have account names containing some variation of the MeGaHeRTZ group name.

The information it sent back included the username, computer/drive serial from the Windows API, and the host machines's IP address.

All software they released has since been "nuked", but its all out there now.

Cracked software containing malware is nothing new, but its very rare that the malware is added by the originating group. Typically the malware is added later and spread on P2P networks, file sharing forums or BitTorrent trackers.

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11 user comments

112.11.2013 10:10

Who in the world is dumb enough to put the NAME of their warez group on those emails..?! For the love of all that's semi-holy, that's just retarded.

212.11.2013 23:25

Who do they think they are? The NSA? lol

313.11.2013 10:25

No honor among thieves?


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

414.11.2013 10:24

Get back to the good old days when informal networks mailed 90 KiloByte 5.25 disks around.
No troublesome formalities with work-of-the-devil internwebs and such - and with the new memory on a stick formats, it also saves postage.

514.11.2013 12:19

They were 170KB floppies, if single-sided, for nearly all of the original 5.25" designs...

614.11.2013 13:54

Originally posted by Bozobub:
They were 170KB floppies, if single-sided, for nearly all of the original 5.25" designs...
I still have the Ti-99/4A expansion system.
The controller formatted singled sided 90KB disks;we would cut an extra hole on the other side and flip them to get another 90K.

Quote:
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DISC FORMAT
A single sided diskette used with the T.I. Disc Controller has the following specifications:
Diskette type: SA 104 (ANSI standard 5.25")
Encoding method: FM single density
Capacity: 92l6O Bytes per disc
2304 Bytes per track
256 Bytes per sector
40 Tracks per side
9 Sectors per track

727.11.2013 22:07

Kinda ironic how a warez group is sending back personal information. This is definitely an indication that information is the new currency.

82.12.2013 3:02

90k floppies?.. remember having to iron DEC punched paper tapes which had been chopped into 12 foot lengths.. numbered in pencil and a direction arrow drawn on the bits.. folded up.. and mailed? .. those were the days......




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92.12.2013 9:06

Originally posted by ps355528:
90k floppies?.. remember having to iron DEC punched paper tapes which had been chopped into 12 foot lengths.. numbered in pencil and a direction arrow drawn on the bits.. folded up.. and mailed? .. those were the days......
That brought me fond memories of dealing with punch cards. You had to get them right the first time, as there was no erase. You could always redo a punch card if you make a mistake, but that gets old fast. And then you had to keep them in the proper order as you loaded them into the card reader. Yep, pleasant memories. Those were the days... <sigh>

102.12.2013 16:33

Reminds me of the time when I was pretty young (11 or 12, I think), when I found a box of punch cards at my dad's girlfriend's company... And folded them into a "skyscraper", of sorts. I didn't know it was for an actual project =x; even then punch cards were VERY obsolete. Luckily, she (and the rest of the office) took it as a huge joke, and didn't murder me.

112.12.2013 20:19

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Reminds me of the time when I was pretty young (11 or 12, I think), when I found a box of punch cards at my dad's girlfriend's company... And folded them into a "skyscraper", of sorts. I didn't know it was for an actual project =x; even then punch cards were VERY obsolete. Luckily, she (and the rest of the office) took it as a huge joke, and didn't murder me.
That must have been pretty funny. Talk about the repurpose of data! ;-)

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