Wibu-Systems has been organizing hackers' contests for many years to prove the strength of its protection and security technologies. By involving hackers early on in the process and letting the door open even to countries like Russia and China known to have the highest piracy rates in the world, we prove that our products represent the pinnacle of secure licensing and intellectual property protection.
And the result is: No contestant has ever succeeded in cracking the sample application protected by CodeMeter. Customers can stay reassured that Wibu-Systems does not just enforce high quality standards of its own, but is also taking the necessary steps to have hackers, crackers, and pirates test its technology first hand before it is commercialized.
Global Hackers' Contest 2017
To test the validity and strength of the newly patented encryption method Blurry Box, integrated with the anti-debug and obfuscation methods of CodeMeter Protection Suite, we launched a new contest, open to all hackers around the globe. The underlying principle of Blurry Box is the exact opposite of “security through obscurity”; based on Kerckhoffs’ Principle, Blurry Box cryptography uses published methods that greatly increase the complexity and time required for an attack to be successful.
The contenders were delivered a game application protected with Blurry Box cryptography that came with its license stored in a CmDongle. Between May 15th and June 2nd, they were requested to hack the protected game and prove they could run it without the provided dongle and without any Internet connection to a jury consisting of IT security scientists and independent from the challenge partners (Wibu-Systems, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and FZI ResearchCenter for Information Technology).
None of the 315 international contendants managed to send in a full crack of the encryption scheme. The only two exploits that were received were found to be incomplete: They simulated a record playback attack that did not lead to any valid result or playable game. The two participants who submitted their partial solution received a volunteer award of €1,000 each. The remaining €48,000 of the original prize at stake will go towards further research and development.