WALTHAM, Mass — July 27, 2009 - V.i. Laboratories, (“V.i. Labs”), a leading provider of piracy business intelligence and software protection solutions, issued a new report that revealed the top methods used for cracking software and the top piracy groups responsible. The report is the first in a series of forthcoming research and is focused on a specific sector of the software market: high-value applications with an average value of more than $4,000 USD per seat.
The findings revealed that the piracy groups and the reverse engineering talent they recruit can tamper with a variety of hardware and software based licensing systems to enable overt piracy. In addition:
All the piracy software releases provided a valid crack mechanism or approach to tamper with license enforcement and enable illegal use. However, there was a great range in terms of how well documented the cracks were and the level of expertise required to configure the crack. Three general approaches were visible in the application sample:
To support this analysis, V.i. Labs identified and obtained crack releases of high-value software from piracy top sites, mid-tier piracy distribution channels and individuals advertising applications for sale. These applications traditionally contain significant intellectual property and provide solutions and functionality in Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Machine (CAM), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and other specialized engineering and scientific modeling and analysis.
For more information or to download the full report, please visit: Piracy Report
V.i. Labs is the first company to offer Piracy Business Intelligence and Software Protection solutions that enable companies to recover revenue and protect their software intellectual property by detecting, reporting, and preventing the misuse of their applications. Its patented CodeArmor® platform allows software vendors and enterprise organizations to harden their applications against theft and tampering, and to gain business intelligence on the unlicensed use of their software to uncover new revenue streams. V.i. Labs is privately held and is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more information, please visit www.vilabs.com.
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