Based on the trends that have been evident with piracy activity involving high value software vendors, we performed some initial analysis of crack release activity and group trends. This study focused on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software vendors.
Figure 1: Major Groups Contributing to Releases
Over the next few months we will expand this study to determine the relationship and trending on non-EDA/PLM software as well as the crack methods.
However, the above data reaffirms the organization and efficiency of some of these groups when it comes to enabling piracy for high value software. We believe that the group diversity as well as the increased release activity for the PLM software titles is related to larger end user applicability of this software and the fact that these titles are less services intensive when compared to EDA software.
TBE poses a significant threat to the PLM/CAD vendor community with over 300 releases alone in this category (compared to close to 2,000 total releases across all categories). By averaging 500 releases a year or 1.4 releases a day, they demonstrate significant throughput. This suggests that disabling licensing mechanisms within these titles has become more scripting and signature based with little reverse engineering required. It also may suggest that many vendors have not implemented methods to verify the authenticity of the license files (i.e. Counterfeit Resistance Option). Without this feature enabled, the piracy groups can simply distribute rogue license key generators to defeat licensing.
Vice President, Products & Strategy at Revulytics
Victor DeMarines brings extensive security product management and marketing experience to Revulytics, where he is responsible for product strategy and direction. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics including piracy, reverse engineering and the protection of intellectual property.
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