Malware-packed pirated games infected millions of PCs, stealing data and hijacking webcams...

Wereweeb

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I condone piracy because it is akin to stealing, just that you don't go into a shop to physically steal. I mean just imagine you are the game developer, and despite working day and night on making a good game, you don't get paid for your effort.
That's called "The Gaming Industry", not piracy. Developers get paid pennies to make the game, period. The suits can go f*** themselves.
 

m3tavision

Posts: 654   +403
Too bad these Companies can't hire these hackers, to not steal data, but to just delete the Pirate's data/hard drives.... so that when they try to boot up, their system is ruined.


Trashing their HD is a much better outcome for Pirates... better than just lifting their personal info. Or, compile all the user data, into a list of Pirates and have a Registry, so that people can view and make fun of all the mingers, who think they are special.
 
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Knot Schure

Posts: 369   +173
Can you do a dual-boot setup where two separate boot drives can't access the other?

If you do have pirated games (This isn't advocacy, just advice ;D ), then just fill one of the drives up with the pirated games and gay furry p*rn, and let them have fun looking through that.
You would want to physically disconnect other drives completely.

Furthermore, you don't know what misery these hacks are attempting to perform on your physical and wireless network either.

Way back in the day, I pirated C&C3 Tiberium Wars, thought I was pretty slick for a couple of years, then my anti-virus updated, and found the infection.

I got my original pirated image, and ran that through it, and thus it had infected since day 1 of download / install.

Not worth it kids. And some clients give games away for free.... get searching.
 

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,096   +3,252
Too bad these Companies can't hire these hackers, to not steal data, but to just delete the Pirate's data/hard drives.... so that when they try to boot up, their system is ruined.


Trashing their HD is a much better outcome for Pirates... better than just lifting their personal info. Or, compile all the user data, into a list of Pirates and have a Registry, so that people can view and make fun of all the mingers, who think they are special.
Except the pirates are a lot smarter than the average person... and they backup their hard drives... so trashing their HD - even if you could - would at most inconvenience them for a day...
 

McMurdeR

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Back in the day, it was just viruses, which weren't all that difficult to manage - most of them were just adware. Now it's spyware, keyloggers, randsomware, banking redirects, crypto miners and all kinds of God knows what. Game cracks are a very easy target for malign actors.
 

Danny101

Posts: 1,741   +756
Lol. You take the risk of pirating software, you're going to eventually have to pay the piper.
 

Danny101

Posts: 1,741   +756
The movies would have you believe that crime doesn’t pay.... but assuming you‘re not a fool... it actually does...
I've done my share. Bottomline though, my attitude's changed. If somebody puts the work and effort into producing a product, then it's only right to be compensated for it. If it seems too expensive, then time eventually yields a more amiable deal. That's just me. Some people are wiley enough to get away with it indefinitely. But eventually... I've had the experience of DCMA letters. Lol. Shoot. Ole' Brits. Rory Gallagher. I must had connected to a watched server overseas. Maybe I was sloppy. Maybe I picked the wrong target. After about 12 years of successful downloads, they finally got me. I didn't really share the downloads so that likely had helped for the most part. They really frown on those putting the downloads up more than those doing the downloads, And most of the music that I've downloaded were mostly classics. Much I've had already purchased at one time or another. Clean ever since. Just not worth the hassle any longer.