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Would You Tell People How To Crack Your Software? 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the best-defense-is-a-terrible-defense dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Fed up with piracy and the availability of cracked versions of his software, Cobalt Strike developer Raphael Mudge wrote a blog post telling people how to crack his software. Some gifts are poisoned, and Raphael goes into deep detail about how to backdoor his software and use it to distribute malware. Will this increase piracy of his software, or will it discourage would-be pirates from downloading cracked versions?"
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Would You Tell People How To Crack Your Software?

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  • Re:Tongue in cheek (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Friday September 06, 2013 @04:03PM (#44778591)

    It's obvious why he is giving these directions - he is showing people how to add malware to his software so that any cracked software of his is suspect.

    Anyone who could crack the software without his help would be fully capable of injecting malware into it.
    His instructions have no effect on the odds of malware being in the cracked copy you download. You'll still download from the first place that has a working release, and that'll still be from one of the "scene" groups, and it'll still be clean.

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