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FSLabs takes DRM a step further, by stealing Chrome Passwords.

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by TheDeeGee, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Over the weekend a thread on Reddit exploded as certain users noticed FlightSimLabs, who makes add-ons for flight sims, admitted injecting an extremely controversial DRM tool in their software. The 'DRM' is so far-fetched that it can steal passwords from Chrome and is classified as malicious software by antivirus products.

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    https://www.reddit.com/r/flightsim/comments/7yh4zu/fslabs_a320_installer_seems_to_include_a_chrome/

    Official Statement by FSLabs:

    https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/announcement/10-a320-x-drm-clarification/

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    VirusTotal reports.

    https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/6...ad6e8f700cb4803a8a149707b2c4a3a09c9/detection
     
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  2. lucidus

    lucidus Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, sure. Go ahead and erode trust. Retards.
     
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  3. mackintosh

    mackintosh Member Guru

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    Creating flight sim addons takes lots of time and effort. Some take many years and thousands if not tens of thousands of man hours to make. To top it all off, the market for them is tiny (compared to other games). That's why they're expensive, and subject to excessive piracy. I will never condone FSLabs methods, they are deserving of whatever scorn and boycott that may be coming their way, but I do understand where they're coming from.
     
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    That's being said by privacy information thefts. Using malware and rootkit like methods to hijack privacy information is just that, a privacy information stealing.
    Beside this being a PR disaster, it puts you on par with "pirates" themselves.
    Maybe already encrypt they whole drives and ask for BitCoins, cos with your methodology it seems fair, right?
     
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  5. Koniakki

    Koniakki Ancient Guru

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    So many DRM related news and issues coming up lately..
     
  6. lucidus

    lucidus Ancient Guru

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    Previous decade all over again.
     
  7. Kaarme

    Kaarme Maha Guru

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    I wonder what the person who came up with this was thinking. Maybe it was the legendary: "Nobody will ever notice."
     
  8. TheDeeGee

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    Seems FSLabs are deleting topics and banning people, i guess they are trying to cover up.
     
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    Sadly for them the FS users always stay packed and are very very very active (kind of a sect with virtual wings lol)... i guess it's the best way if FSLabs want to never ever sold a product... they better face the problem and found a solution.
     
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    The amount of time and effort necessary to create a flight sim addon doesn't justify willful distribution of malware.... Especially not malware that has the potential to leave someone's billing and other personal information exposed. Also, FSLabs can't use that information to go after US based "pirates" as the data would be acquired using methods that are banned in the US and directly violate federal laws. Even bringing a case against a US based "pirate" using such information would be an admission of guilt on their part.
     

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    just more riduclously DRM crap going on. and DRM that steals "passwords" is just a no no
     
  12. sykozis

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    DRM that steals passwords isn't DRM.... It's malware.
     
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    I was just about to say the same, this is not DRM. This is malware, In the UK it almost certainly falls foul of the 1998 computer misuse act. Specifically using software to gain unauthorised access to computer material.
     
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    Big lawsuit incoming!

    Privacy lawyers everywhere suddenly see dollar signs in front of their eyes.
     
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    Yay...flight sim add-ons are somehow somewhat relevant again!!!
     

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    Did the developers sneak it into the EULA or are we talking about real malicious intent?
     
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    In some countries, it doesn't matter if it's in the EULA or not. The US is a good example. Even if it's in the EULA, it's still classified by the US Gov't as malware and it's still being willfully and intentionally distributed.
     
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  19. TheDeeGee

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    oh my... what a fiasco!

    RIP FSLabs
     

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