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Hah, take that Pirate Buster!
Pirate Buster is an annoying piece of software from Trinity Security Systems that allows companies to encrypt various things, and decrypt them on the fly. It keeps people from printing/saving/screen-scraping by throwing up a "About Trinity Security Systems Encryption Technology. [IMAGE-LOGO] ACCS-TECH".

From what I can tell, it senses any attempt to read what's being displayed to the screen: this includes, but probably isn't limited to, all screen capture software (SnagIt, AnyCapture) and VNC software (tightVNC). I couldn't get remote desktop working, so I'm not too sure if that's covered. Either way, props to you guys, Trinity security systems: you got most things covered. Well, rather, everything that you could control.

There's still ways around it though. :D

First giveaway: The image gets replaced by the "About...ACCS-TECH" image as soon as any sort of screen access program starts. And is restored when they are killed off. This means the protection system is actively checking.

And since it's actively checking for stuff, it means we can put it to sleep for a while, so we can do what we want. Hello, process suspend.

Shall leave it up to the users to do some more research and figure out how to suspend processes out of respect for the security system that wasted at least an hour's worth of my time in hacking it.

There's ways around this hack, of course, but they're not pretty. One possibility would be to take Sony's route :P and install a rootkit, masking a process that will watch for any sort of suspending activity. This would be VERY BAD™ for a large number of reasons. Certainly, you wouldn't get into as much trouble as Sony might, but... still, BAD. Secondly, some sort of paired process that would ensure activity on both sides, making it possibly very hard to suspend.. both at once? I don't know.

Dear Trinity Security Systems Encryption Technology/ACCS-TECH,
I would much rather you didn't implement the above. Leave things as they are right now, because as a mac user, this is the only way for me to be able to enjoy the content on my own laptop.

Granted, it's also highly unlikely that I'll ever download another doujinshi like this. :: shrugs::
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militantmonkey From: militantmonkey Date: October 31st, 2006 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)

so how do you suspend??

Hello, how can you suspend pirate buster?
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ibneko From: ibneko Date: October 31st, 2006 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: so how do you suspend??


Don't think it's fair for me to give away all the answers, now, is it. I was able to find the site of the tool I used using google- within the top 5-10 search results.

If you're still stuck, I'll trade information in exchange for whatever you're trying to hack.

(On a side note... EE? TOK? Are you working towards an IB diploma? If so, props to ya, and uh, good luck, I guess. Been there, done that. :D Good stuff. I've got past IB exams (somewhere, archived off some website or other) from long ago, if you have a need for them, provided that you promise to share those.)
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militantmonkey From: militantmonkey Date: October 31st, 2006 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: so how do you suspend??

thanks, haven't tried it yet seeing that I'm barely checking my lj comments at 2 in the morning. I'll keep searching :D

And yes, I am an IB student -_____- Working for 30 points actually... Anyway, EE = language used in A Clockwork Orange and we haven't started our TOK paper yet. We're doing that in February. And IAs are a BITCH. I have a math one due on November 7th which I haven't started AND a history IA that i don't even want to look at. On top of this, my history teacher doesn't really have a lesson plan on ANY day so we're forced to teach ourselves things we don't really know what we're supposed to be doing.

and passed tests? could you let me take a peek? :) and asking about sharing? Please, I'm an IB student, of course >:P
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ibneko From: ibneko Date: November 3rd, 2006 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: so how do you suspend??


Past IB exams. Granted, they only run from 2000-2004, since I graduated in 2004, and haven't tried searching for more past IB exams since then...

Of course, if you find other past IB exams, send them my way. Might as well add to the collection.
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ibneko From: ibneko Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: so how do you suspend??

Whoops, use this one instead: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BCMSLX49
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