FlightSimLabs Greek seizes passwords from pirates

FlightSimLabs is a flight simulator game development company. Apparently FlightSimLabs found itself in a very difficult position when it had to explain why its software was contained that he could intercept ς from users' browsers.FlightSimLabs

Ο of the game reportedly contained a mechanism to detect serial numbers of pirated copies of the game distributed through Bay. Σε περίπτωση που ο κώδικας εντόπιζε κάποιο πειρατικό , enabled a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users' browsers.

Anti-piracy systems and DRMs are known, but what FlightSimLabs thought would most likely remain in history as one of the most outrageous.

It all started yesterday on Reddit when Flight Sim user 'crankyrecursion' mentioned FlightSimLabs' A320X module.

“Using the file 'FSLabs_A320X_P3D_v2.0.1.231.exe' there appears to be a file called 'test.exe',” wrote the crankyrecursion.

“Αυτό το .exe αρχείο προέρχεται από τη σελίδα Securityxploded.com που το περιγράφει σαν εργαλείο ‘Chrome Password Dump.' Το συγκεκριμένο εργαλείο φαίνεται να λειτουργεί, επειδή το It usually runs with administrator privileges (UAC prompts). Can someone tell us why this tool is included in a supposedly safe installer?”

Let's look at what the head of the company said, who seems to be a Greek:

FlightSimLabs Officer Lefteris Kalamaras said in a post at forum the company's:

“We know there's a Reddit thread started tonight about our last one installation and how it includes a tool that indiscriminately captures Chrome codes. This is not correct, in fact the Reddit thread was posted by a person who is not our customer and has somehow obtained our installer without purchasing it.”

"There is a specific method used for specific serial numbers that have been identified as pirated copies and are circulating on ThePirateBay, RuTracker and other similar malicious sites."

In short, FlightSimLabs installs a password dumper on all user systems, whether pirated or not, and activates the tool when it detects that the game is running under specific pirated serial numbers.

"Test.exe is part of DRM and only addresses specific pirated copies of software that are copyrighted and obtained illegally. This program works temporarily and is never used in legal copies of the product "said Kalamaras.

Continuing the FlightSimLabs officer said that information obtained from pirates' systems in this way is likely to be used in court or other legal proceedings.

Finally, after the event was published (we found it at TorrentFreak) Mr. Kalamaras said:

"While the majority of our clients understand that the fight against piracy is a difficult and ongoing battle that sometimes requires drastic action, we realize that some of you are concerned about this particular method which may be considered somewhat difficult. That's why we uploaded an updated installer that does not include this DRM control file. ”

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