List of warez groups
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Listed here are many of the more significant warez groups, with a short introduction of when they were formed and what they have done. Note that there are many other warez groups that are not included here.
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CLASS (also known as CLS) was a warez group which was the target of federal raids such as Operation Fastlink. They were a global group with members worldwide, often releasing "rip" games. The group ceased operations in 2004 after their 1,234'th release.
DrinkOrDie (also known as DoD) was subject to a raid in Operation Buccaneer.
Fairlight (also known as FLT), One of the oldest groups in warez scene, founded in 1987. While still active, the group focuses on demos. Fairlight was subject to raid in Operation Fastlink, which almost killed their ISO division. Their demoscene division was not affected by the raid. FLT's Iso Division is still active in 2008 and is releasing from time to time new game titles.
The Humble Guys
The Humble Guys (also known as THG) were the first warez group to make use of NFO files to document their releases.
HYBRID (also known as HBD) founded in 1993, was the first warez group to rip (remove video and sound due to size-issues) CD-ROM games. Before HYBRID, groups like ROM 1911 and TDU-JAM (CD-divisions of Razor 1911 and Pentagram) released full CD-ROM games). HYBRID started out from the floppy releasegroup Ecplise (based on old Razor 1911 members like The Renegade Chemist, Randall Flagg and ZEUS). HYBRID later split up when the US-members founded DYNAMIX (later PRESTIGE and PARADIGM).
International Network of Crackers
International Network of Crackers (also known as INC) was one of the premier cracking/releasing warez groups for the IBM PC during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The majority of their releases during 1993 were educational games for children. By early 1994, INC had completely disappeared from the warez scene.
Kalisto is a console warez group established in March 1998 which specializes in the release and distribution of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 ISO images, briefly moonlighting on the Dreamcast platform in mid-to-late 2000.
Myth was a warez group, focused on cracking and ripping PC games. Besides ripped games, the group also released trainers and cracked updates for games.
PARADOX (also known as PDX) was founded in 1989, mainly cracking/release games for the Amiga. They have since spread to the PC and other consoles. They were one of the earliest groups to successfully crack Windows Vista which was supposed to be a challenge for the hackers at the time of its release.
Pirates With Attitude
Pirates With Attitude (also known as PWA) were a major international warez release group from 1992 until 2000. The group was formed by two former INC members known by the pseudonyms Orion and Bar Manager. PWA members were raided close after the passing of the No Electronic Theft or "NET" Act.
Radium (also known as RDM) is known primarily for cracking and releasing high dollar audio editing software such as Cubase VST and Pro Tools. One of their greater accomplishments was to actually speed up the Fraunhofer MP3 codec as well as cracking the copy protection. Radium were said to have offered better support for their releases than the companies who actually manufactured the programs. Several verses of the rap song Hackers and the Crackers" by Zearle are devoted to the group Radium. In 2004, it was discovered that some of the sounds included with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, such as WMPAUD1.WAV, were authored using a pirated version of Sound Forge which was supplied by Radium.
Razor 1911 (also known as RZR) was founded in 1985 on the Commodore 64 but also had a major presence on the Amiga and the IBM PC. They were subject to raid in Operation Buccaneer and Operation Fastlink.
RELOADED (also known as RLD) was founded in June 2004 from the ex-members of DEViANCE. They released and cracked Spore 4 days and The Sims 3 beta version 15 days before their respective street dates. On February 29, 2008, RELOADED released a cracked version of Assassin's Creed, a month before it was to hit the shelves on March 28. Although, this release was later nuked for not being the final retail version as well as having crashing issues. The retail version was released by them more than a month later. They also released Battlefield 3 four days ahead of the official release date. Finally, they released Modern Warfare 3 on the same day the game was released.
Risciso (stylized as RISCISO) was an online warez group, founded in approximately 1993, dedicated to distributing newly-released copyrighted software, games and movies.
SKIDROW is a cracking group known for breaking the Ubisoft DRM protection, as well as for releasing cracked versions of games that make use of Steam authentication. In April of 2013 it was reported that "bitcoin mining" malware was being bundled with SKIDROW releases. This has not yet been confirmed. The malware allegedly makes use of host GPU for the mining process, thus including infected PC in the elaborate botnet. Java exploit used as an attack vector has since been patched.http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/bitcoin-mining-trojanbadminer
Superior Art Creations
Superior Art Creations (SAC) is an underground artscene group which caters primarily to and is well known within the warez scene.
Tristar and Red Sector Incorporated
Tristar and Red Sector, Inc. (also known as TRSI) began as an alliance between two warez groups: Tristar and Red Sector Incorporated. They were formed in 1990 as a cooperative Commodore 64 demo coding and cracking group. TRSI migrated from the Commodore 64 release platform to the Amiga and IBM-PC, and eventually branched off into the console gaming scene before finally disbanding their warez division. In late 2003, TRSI became inactive and remains so today.[third-party source needed]
United Software Association
The United Software Association (also known as USA) was a prominent IBM PC games and applications warez group during the 1990s. USA formed an alliance with the PC warez division of Fairlight which was known as "USA/FLT". In late January 1992, several members of USA were arrested by the United States Secret Service and the Farmington Hills, Michigan police for credit card fraud.
List of the first cracking groups
2000 AD, 7upcrew, Abandon, Absolute, Abyss, Access, Accession, Accumulators, Ache, Acid, Ackerlight, Acu, Adept, Advanced, Aeon, Agile, Alcatraz, Alpha Flight, Amaze, Andromeda, Angels, Anthrox, Apocalypse, Arcane, Arkham, Ascenders, Aspect, Assault, Aurora, Avalon, Avantgarde, Avenger, Axe, Axxion, Backslash, Bad Karma, Bamiga Sector One, Bencor Brothers, Bently Sidewell Productions, Betrayal, Beyonders, Bionic, Black Aces, Black Division, Black Squadron, Blackmonks, Blitter Brothers, Blizzard, Brainwire, Bronx, Byte Busters, CBC, CCS, CDI, Chameleon, Champs, Chemical Reaction, Cherry, Chryseis, Class, Classic, CMEN, Comax, Company, Conqueror, Conspiracy, COPS, Copy Crew, Core, Corpse, Corrupt, CPU, Crack Inc., Crackers In Action, Crackheads, Cracking Boys, Crest, Crimewatch, Crux, Crystal, CSS, Cybertech, D.D.C, D-Age, D-Tect, Damones, Dark Star, Darkness, Deathangel, Deathstar, Decade, Decent, Decision, Defcon 1, Defjam, Delight, Delirium, Demon Release Crew, Depth, Destroyers, Devotion, Diamonds, Digital Corruption, Disarm, Divide, Divine, Downtown, Dracs, Dragon, Dreamteam, Drunken Rom Group, DS, D-Tect, Dualcrew, Dynamix, Dynasty, Dytec, E.S.I, Eartzsea, Eca, Eclipse, Elevation, Energy, Ep, Epsilon, Escape, Etoile Noir, Euphoria, Everlast, Excel, Excide, Exodus, Extensors, Extreme, Faction, Fairlight, Faith, Fantasy, Fast, Fast Action Trading Exchange, Fazwonga, FCC, Felix, Fienbein, Fighting Force, Firestarters, Force Team, Freestyle, Freezers, Frontier, Fusion, Future Brain Inc, Genesis, Ghost Riders, Gin, Global, Gnudesign, God, Goonies, Gothic, Great Swappers, Gsc, Guild of Thieves, Haujobb, HCC, Hellfire, Heresy, High Tension, Hoodlum, Horizon, Hotline, HQC, Human Waste, Hybrid, IBB, ICS, Illusion, Image, INC Utility Division, Infinite Perfection, Inner Circle, Insane, Intensity, International Network of Crackers, Interpol, Ivory, Jetset, Jism, Joy, Just For Fun, KGB, Kingdom, Krabat, Kryn Headhunters, Legacy, Legend, Lightforce, Line to Heaven, LKCC, Loner, Loons, Lord, LSA, LSD, Mad, Mad Monks, Madhouse, Madway Boys, Magicarts, Magnetic Fields, Martyrium, Masters, Mayhem, Mcp, Mea Culpa, Megabyteinc, Megaforce, Megatron, Metallians, MGF, Micron, Mighty druids, Ministry, Miracle, Mirage, Motion, Movers, Mystic, Myth, Napalm, National Elite Underground Alliance, Nemesis, Neutron, New Age, Neworder, Nightsoft Hangover, No Class, Noize, Northstar, Nova acies, Noxious, Oddity, Oks, Oracle, Orb, Organized Crime, Origin, Orion, Ott, Outlaws, Palace, Pantera, Paradigm, Paradise, Paradox, Paranoimia, Passwords, Peninsul Team, Pentagram, Perfection, Phantasy, Phantom, Phoenix, Phr Crew, Phrozen Crew, Piranhas, Pirates, Power, Powerslaves, Preluxe, Prestige, Prism, Prodigy, Progress, Proton, Pseudo-Ups, PSI, Public Enemy, Pulsar, Pulse, Punishers, Quadlite, Quartex, Queen, Quest, Quicksilver, Quoram, Radical, Rage, Random Access, Rastan, Razor 1911, Rebels, Red Sector, Rednex, Reflex, Reflexxion, Resistance, Resolution 101, Robin Hood, Rod, Roncler Gang, Royal, Rudi, RUS iSO, Rust, Sado City, Savage, Scandal, Sceptic, Schlappy, Scienide, Scoopex, Scrooge, Section8, Sensics, Setrox, Seven Eleven, SFX, Shining 8, Silents, Skandal, Skid Row, Skillion, Slipstream, Smurf, Snf, Sniper, Solitudes, Sonik, Sorcerers, Spirit, Spreadpoint, Squadron, SSR, Starfrontiers, Stoneage, Storm, Subsoftware, Subway, Subzero, Sunflex, Sunriders, Superior Art Creations, Supplex, Supreme, Switch, Syndicate, Synergy, Tarkus Team, TBR, TDT, TDU-Jam, Technobrains, Tectron, Tension, Testament, The Band, The Bitstoppers, The Firm, The Humble Guys, The Kent Team, Threat, Thrill Kill Kult, Thrust, Thunderloop, TKK, TMD, Toc, Top Swap, Toxic, TPB, Tradersdream, TRF, Tribe, Trilogy, Tristar, Triton, TRSI, TSK, TSL, TSS, Twilight, UGC, Undertakers, Unique, Unit-A, United Cracking Force, United Forces, Valhalla, Vantage, Vega, Vendetta, Venture, Versus, Vice, Vision, Vision Factory, Voodoo, Vortex, Wanted Team, Warhammer, Weetibix, Wella Designs, Whitesnake, Wizards, Wizzcat, Wonder Twins, World of Wonders, Xerox, X-Pression, XTC, X-Trek, Zaracon, Zelnik, Zenith, Zero defects, Zigag, Zike, Zylon.
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- "Hoodlum". Defacto2. Retrieved 2012-09-17.[self-published source]
- History of HYBRID
- Naked Truth Magazine - The Hybridian Breaking
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- Software Pirate Guilty of Copyright Infringement Under NET Act (May 15, 2001)
- "Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep". Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Justice. 2004-04-22. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- "Interview with BonethuG & N0fX". 1996-09-27. Retrieved 2011-04-05. "Interviewed: N0Fx, BonethuG, Position: RNS Prez/Co-Prez. "Rabid Neurosis was founded on June 6, 1996 to be exact""
- Warez Wars - Articles - David McCandless - Writer
- Windows Media Player sound files 'edited with warez' | Reg Developer
- Microsoft Caught Out || kuro5hin.org
- History of RELOADED
- Daniel (2008-11-03). "Spore cracked before its street date".
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- "TRSi.DE :: TRiSTAR & RED SECTOR iNC. - Home of the homeless sceners :: since 1990". Trsi.org. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Krömer, Jan; Sen, Evrim (2007) . "Chapter 2: Die Geschichte der Schwarzkopie - ERSTE CRACKING GROUPS (ANFANG DER 80ER JAHRE)". No copy: die Welt der digitalen Raubkopie [No copy: the world of digital piracy] (in German). Germany: Tropical Publisher. pp. 37–38. ISBN 3-932170-82-2 .