If you read this article, you should by now know who ‘IPAKI Group’ are. Several days ago internet forums were abuzz with the news that a certain p2p release group who identified themselves as ‘IPAKI Asian Division’ had cracked UBISoft’s Assassin's Creed 2. Main source of these rumors were a Twitter account which seemingly gave live updates on the cracking progress – this Twitter account was said to be maintained by the crackers themselves. As we anticipated, the whole thing turned out to be a hoax. IPAKI eventually linked to a file which they claimed was a crack for AC2 but this was a non functional piece of garbage infected with viruses. They have now publicly admitted the hoax and the nature of Twitter updates have changed dramatically since then.
Quoted below are several recent Tweets from the account http://twitter.com/IPAKIGroup:
We aren't crackers and that was April fool . Enjoy yourselves . follow this link to know who we really are : http://bit.ly/9DkUoe
Stop software piracy , buy the Game and support the developers . Idiots who believed that ACII is going to be cracked , go buy it instead !
All software pirates FAIL . from now on , we shall win the game ! @ubisoft , Task Done , now everybody should buy the game instead of waiting :)
Ubi DRM is the best future protection system against piracy . It withstood all the efforts to get cracked . ViVa Ubi !
As you can see, new Tweets are glorifying UBISoft DRM which has so far been successful against PC game pirates. But is it the best future protection? We don’t think so. “It withstood all the efforts to get cracked.” All? Not all. Several folks in a well known Russian underground community (CS.RIN.RU) are working on a server emulation patch – and they’ve been partially successful so far and have apparently got the game to work until sequence 5. Their method involves playing a legit copy of the game, logging all responses that come from UBISoft servers and building a complete server emulator. However to make the emulator complete, they will have to explore the game 100% which is a time consuming process. Be that as it may, this clearly shows that UBI’s DRM is not as invincible as it is claimed to be.