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Spore DRM also contains RootKit/Malware

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Armadillo of Doom, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    This was just brought to my attention today. As part of the DRM (digital rights management) software, SecureROM also contains a rootkit. Upon installation, it will permanently disable any virtual drives, and prevent mounting programs like Alcohol 120 and Daemon Tools from running. It does in fact alter system processes as well, decreasing performance to around 80% of normal. System restore is vulnerable to this, which means the only alternative is a full reformat. The 3 install limit I could handle. I've got 1 machine, and I'm not changing it any time soon. But this... I'm just kinda sad right now :(
     
  2. Vander

    Vander L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    You have got to be kidding! Damnation.
     
  3. Apex_

    Apex_ L3: Member

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    Sounds a lot like Starforce...*shudder*

    Woe is the day the consumer has to hack his own purchased copy to prevent irreparable damage to his PC from a legitimate piece of software. Shame on any company who writes policies that assume their customers are criminals by default.

    On a sidenote, user creations for the game can be shared and manually installed since they're all PNG files. If I remember right one of the file mirror sites like Filefront made a big pack of user submissions and released it. So much for pirate copies not getting content from other users, huh?
     
  4. lerlerson

    lerlerson L2: Junior Member

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    Whoever told you that lied. I just used Daemon Tools earlier, with Spore even running in the background, so... yeah.
     
  5. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Perhaps I should mention that everyone gets effected differently. There are instances of dvd drive malfunction and IE not working. For your reading enjoyment;
    http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/09/10/spore-seeds-rootkit
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7604405.stm
    http://blogs.ft.com/techblog/2008/09/spore-hit-by-drm-protest/

    And if that's not enough, it says so right on the freaking faq; http://www.securom.com/support_faq.asp
    Installs itself w/out permission and grants administrative access to the system.
     
  6. Apex_

    Apex_ L3: Member

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    That sounds a heck of a lot like Starforce actually, which frightens me.

    That BBC link quotes an EA spokesperson comparing their DRM to that of digital music services limiting your ability to copy music to multiple systems. Congrats, you just compared your broken copy protection scheme to an equally broken and criticized copy protection scheme, and moreover one that's being quickly driven out of favor and/or business by angry consumers.
     
  7. cornontheCoD

    cornontheCoD L7: Fancy Member

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    wow, it is looking less and less likely that I will be getting spore:mad:
     
  8. Snipergen

    Snipergen L13: Stunning Member

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    IF you are serious about this, than I'm happy I didn't buy the game yet (TERRIBLE weather). And if this is true, I won't buy it either. I even need daemon tools for my school to install legal software we put on the server.
     
  9. World Of Frisbee Crisis

    World Of Frisbee Crisis L2: Junior Member

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    I'm sort of glad that I pirated it now.;)
     
  10. LLamaBoy

    LLamaBoy L1: Registered

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    Having seen previews of this game, I was kinda hyped about it, and was semi-convinced that I was going to buy it, even if I didn't really get into any of Will Wright's later games i.e. Sims 1 & 2.

    But having heard the responses from other gamers, combined with all the largely unnecessary DRM measures that essentially punish the people who buy the game instead of anyone who cracks it, I probably won't even bother looking at it now. A shame indeed.

    Also, quoted from the Inquirer article:
    I hope I'm not the only one that finds this not only ridiculous, but actually quite immoral.
    Adding copy protection is one thing, but masking it's existence when it can potentially damage your system? Surely a line has been crossed.
     
  11. luxatile

    aa luxatile deer

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    What? This is simply ridiculous. I'd laugh at how hilariously stupid this seems, if it wasn't for the fact that this is incredibly sad at the same time.
     
  12. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    If anyone is willing to cross lines to make a buck, it's EA.
     
  13. ChronoTriggerFan

    ChronoTriggerFan L7: Fancy Member

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    I find it funny that the DRM is doing the exact opposite of its intentions. Instead of pirating being impossible, pirating is being encouraged...
     
  14. TheDarkerSideofYourShadow

    TheDarkerSideofYourShadow L10: Glamorous Member

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    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/5/9/

    Also, click the link at the bottom that takes you to the news.

    And I agree with Shmitz, EA is horrible when it comes to ethics (hey, maybe they should get into politics).

    However, I haven't had any issues with ISO readers since I installed Mass Effect. I have Daemon Lite as well as PowerISO.
     
  15. TheBladeRoden

    TheBladeRoden L7: Fancy Member

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    Heh, I liked the last line, which is unusual for a PA comic.

    Shame that Spore keep sounding less and less enticing to buy.
     
  16. Vander

    Vander L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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  17. MrAlBobo

    MrAlBobo L13: Stunning Member

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    so...will that get rid of securerom as well?
     
  18. The Asylum

    aa The Asylum

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    Wasn't there also a shitstorm awhile back with Battlefield 2141 coming loaded with Spyware for in-game ads?

    I seriously wonder how EA is still afloat.
     
  19. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    Reading the details, it doesn't look like a big-time backing down. Looks more like a clever twist of words to make people think it's ok while still leaving in potentially harmful DRM.

    That's small news though compared to this.

    I think it's reached a point where I can no longer conveniently ignore the link between Maxis and EA. EA's shadow has gotten big enough that even Maxis games aren't worth it if it means lining the pockets of EA execs. Spore will be the last EA game I ever buy. Sorry Warhammer, it's just not meant to be.
     
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  20. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    A lot of interesting topics..

    I liked this quote the best.
    I didn't think they had a forum..