Windows 10 UWP protection cracked, Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection had five layers of DRM

For months Windows 10 UWP protection seemed like uncrackable. Contrary to Denuvo, Microsoft was able to secure a number of its titles for more than a year. And from the looks of it, things are about to change as the Windows store UWP protection has been cracked.

Scene group CODEX was able to crack Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection; a game that was released back in October 2017. What’s really interesting here, though, is that according to CODEX there were five layers of DRM in Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection.

These five layers of DRM were: MSStore, UWP, EAppX, XBLive and Arxan. Whether these layers were used in other UWP games and whether they had any performance impact on them remains a mystery.

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Right now, pretty much all forms of DRM have been cracked. Microsoft’s UWP was the only one that remained uncrackable but that’s not the case anymore.

It will be interesting to see whether Microsoft will update its UWP protection in order to make it difficult for the hackers/crackers to crack the future games. This is something that Denuvo is currently doing by introducing new versions of its anti-tamper tech as soon as its latest version gets cracked.

John Papadopoulos

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