DRM measures continue to annoy genuine gamers, as an attempt to combat piracy it usually just succeeds in annoying the genuine game’s purchasing public, whilst the criminals invariably find a quick route around any anti-piracy measures. Ubisoft have been criticized in the past for their intrusive DRM measures particularly on PC, and recently they experienced more woes as their Uplay plug-in became a back-door to malicious spyware.The security nightmare affecting all recent Ubisoft PC titles was discovered by a Google programmer of all people, though Ubisoft was quick to issue a patch to clear up any concerns. They issued the following statement on their website: “We have made a forced patch to correct the flaw in the browser plug-in for the Uplay PC application that was brought to our attention earlier today. We recommend that all Uplay users update their Uplay PC application without a Web browser open. This will allow the plug-in to update correctly”.
In the Q&A section related to this issue, Ubisoft reiterates that this security breach was limited to the launch application for Uplay, and not to their DRM measures in particular. It does seem however that the company may well need to look at their security measures again. Bearing in mind how unhappy PC users are generally with Ubisoft’s anti-piracy measures this will be another stumbling block to their home computer success.