Denuvos infamous anti-piracy technology used to be seen as uncritical. It kept up against hacker's best efforts for years interfering in dumb new forms each time someone broke through. In 2016, a Bulgarian hacker called Voksi came along with a breakthrough that revitalized the entire Denuvo cracking scene. He has been a pole of that side. Now he is in deep trouble.
In a post today on CrackWatch, a subreddit dedicated to removing DRM and other copy protection software from games, Voksi explained the sudden outbreak of the site to its hacking group, REVOLT. Yesterday he was arrested and the police raid his house.
"It eventually happened," wrote Voksi. "I can not say that was not expected. Denuvo sued me against the Bulgarian authorities. The police came yesterday and took my server PC and my personal PC. I had to go to the police afterwards and explain myself."
In a statement sent to Kotaku Denuvo said that Voksi's arrest was through the two efforts of Detuvo's parent company Irdeto and the Bulgarian Criminal Technology Unit. "The Bulgarian police's rapid response in this case shows the collaborative power between law enforcement and technology providers, and that piracy is a serious offense to be handled," said Irdeto, VP for cybersecurity services Mark Mulready.
The Denuvo Declaration also contained a quote from the Bulgarian Forensic Technology Unit, which said: "We can confirm that a 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday suspected of crime related to cybercrime and that the computer equipment was confiscated. Our investigations are under way. "
Voksi refused to respond when he was commented on Kotaku but at Reddit he regretted that this Denuvo crack day is almost certainly behind him. "Unfortunately, I will not be able to do what I did anymore," he said. "I did what I did for you and of course because inflated software in our games should not be allowed at all. Maybe someone else can continue my fight."