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Piracy group Revolt taken offline as Denuvo sues its leader Voksi

Piracy group Revolt taken offline as Denuvo sues its leader Voksi

Anti-tampering software firm Denuvo has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Voksi, the head of piracy group Revolt. 

That's according to a post on the CrackWatch subreddit in which Voksi discusses what's going on with the piracy scene group Revolt. That organisation's website was shut down on Wednesday, July 25th and redirected to the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior.

Voksi says that Denuvo has filed a lawsuit against him in the Bulgarian court system, with police confiscating both his personal and server PCs.

The cracker claims to have contacted Denuvo seeking some form of peaceful solution, but the anti-piracy firm said that the final word on this matter will be coming from the prosecutor on the case.

Revolt was behind cracks on the likes of Call of Duty: WWII, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. 

"So, as many of you noticed, Revolt is down since yesterday and redirecting to some bullshit site," Vokski wrote.

"It finally happened, I can't say it wasn't expected, Denuvo filed a case against me to the bulgarian authorities. Police came yesterday and took the server pc and my personal PC. I had to go to the police afterwards and explain myself. Later that day I contacted Denuvo themselves and offered them a peacful resolution to this problem. They can't say anything for sure yet, but they said the final word is by the prosecutor of my case.

"Sadly, I won't be able to do what I did anymore. I did what I did for you guys and of course because bloated software in our games shouldn't be allowed at all. Maybe someone else can continue my fight."

Denuvo has gone from being the final word in anti-piracy measures towards the end of 2015 to being something of an industry in-joke.

Though the company insists its strategy is to protect the launch window of its clients' games, in recent years we have seen titles cracked within hours of launch.

This has improved recently - Assassin's Creed Origins was cracked three months after launch. But Far Cry 5 was cracked in just three weeks, so easy come easy go.

It's somewhat surprising that Denuvo is the one itself taking action against Revolt and Voksi as opposed to a video game publisher.

In a statement to Kotaku, VP of cybersecurity services Mark Mulready at Denuvo parent firm Irdeto said: “The swift action of the Bulgarian police on this matter shows the power of collaboration between law enforcement and technology providers and that piracy is a serious offence that will be acted upon."

Included in the above statement is also some words from the Bulgarian Cybercrime Unit, saying: “We can confirm that a 21-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of offenses related to cybercrime and that computing equipment was confiscated. Our investigations are ongoing.”


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