Razor 1911 (RZR) is a warez and demogroup with a long and infamous history.
Twitter consumer @__silent_ has found that Midnight Membership 2 on Steam has the crack, developed shortly after the sport launched, included within the .exe file, presumably to bypass the CD necessities to play the sport.
The hex editor exhibits that the .exe file has been edited with “Razor 1911,” a tagline that warez teams will place in .exe recordsdata for attribution functions, a form of digital signature.
A cybersecurity analyst described the priority right here as being:
What issues me right here is that they both didn’t analyze the binary to know precisely what’s patched within the Razer 1911 copy, or they noticed this and left it. I can’t think about their engineers seeing it and deciding towards slapping any completely different letters over the Razer 1911 simply to cowl it up.
The continuing concept is that, since no person has the prevailing bodily copies anymore, and with Rockstar releasing older video games on digital storefronts, as a substitute of spending assets or time to reconfigure the .exe to work and not using a CD, they’ve merely repurposed the cracks beforehand launched by the Warez group.
Rockstar has beforehand been suspected of doing this, the Steam model of Max Payne 2 included a version of the no-cd crack by Fable recognized, once more, from a mixture of file sizing and signatures in Hex Codes
The identical phenomenon has been seen in Manhunt, one other Rockstar sport. Whereas this separate .exe isn’t used to launch the sport anymore, it’s nonetheless included with the Steam obtain.
With Manhunt, one of many main points was they have been promoting a cracked model of Manhunt, however Rockstar forgot to disable the sport’s anti-piracy measures, which activated when the sport’s DRM is eliminated. These measures soft-locked the sport, by completely locking all doorways and disabling interactable objects, which grew to become activated by default within the Steam model.