Fake Game Installer Punishes Pirates Via Epic Privacy Breach

enigmax of TorrentFreak writes:

"Over the years would-be game pirates have been targeted in a number of ways such as through draconian DRM schemes and even viruses. Now it appears that file-sharers who thought they were going to download a high-profile interactive erotic novel have been instead treated to a security and privacy breach of epic proportions."

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andron3127d ago

Those affected deserved it. Never install anything you don't know isn't benign for sure...

ProjectVulcan3127d ago

Pahahaha that is brutal, especially for those who it seems were on video chat at the time too! Smile, you are on trojan-cam....

pangitkqb3127d ago

I hope we see many more similar stories.

nycredude3127d ago

What a bunch of idiots! The thing pops up with a survey asking more intimate info and you actually complete it!? Noobs.

Anyone else check out the sex toys usb add on for male and female! LMAO I didn't know they existed! LOL

Pumbli3127d ago (Edited 3127d ago )

Haha, if you're going to pirate, at least know who to trust and what to download...

Pathetic excuses for software pirates they are.

People fighting software pirates are apparently more original in Japan then here in the west, here it's just "duuurrrr DRM"

Viper73127d ago

Unfortunately I would guess that if the developers or publishers themselves are doing this they are breaking the law, much more than pirate.

- Accessing private information on the web.
- Publishing private information on the web.
- Spreading malicious software.

Not to mention, if the malicious fake file doesn't include the full game, the pirate only committed an attempt to download the file.

I would guess one of the most restricting elements on copy/piracy protection is staying within the limits of law. While pirates can break it at a whim an official developer or publisher cannot.

Similarly you can't kill some1 who attempts to break to your house or tries to steal your wallet. At least in where I live.

CimmerianDrake3127d ago

Normally I'd agree with you, but there are two reasons why the developers could likely have no action taken against them succeed. First, we don't know the laws in Japan surrounding this kind of breach, so it could be that there is no real law for it, or no really significant punishment.

Second, the pirate actually agrees to this thanks to the User Agreement in the game, plus the fact that they actually submit their info in the survey. So the devs could use that fact against anyone trying to lay charges against them. That they are told about this and still continue forward.

Of course, I'm only guessing. I don't know any more than you do. lol.

Viper73127d ago

Yeah this depends a lot on the laws which different in every country.

Also for my understanding the End User License Agreement or User agreement also needs to follow the laws of the country. IF it doesn't It would probably considered as an illegal agreement. You can't just hide a line of text where user agrees to give his soul to the developer.

If this where legal I would guess that the developers would have started doing this ages a go to catch the pirates.

jakethesnake3127d ago

That is hilarious that the terms of use even stated that all this would happen. That has to be pretty embarrassing!

jay23127d ago

LOL! this bit's got my in stiches!
This isn’t the first time Japanese file-sharers have been targeted by malware writers. In 2007 a bizarre virus was released which threatened to kill people who illegally download using P2P.