UK based BitArts, a group of reformed ‘Crackers’, has developed software protection mechanisms that far exceed the techniques of the world’s largest software development companies.
BitArts’ core encryption technology works by providing a secure software ‘wrapper’ around applications and digital content based on the principles of mutation engines. The technology offered today by companies in the e-security arena are in the main based on what is known as peer to peer encryption which encrypts and protects digital content along the transmission line. These techniques leave the content vulnerable to cracking before transmission and once it resides in a computer system.
To date BitArts’ products remain uncracked by attempts from the cracking community as a whole and the world renowned e-testing labs.
Software vendor Adobe claims that software piracy costs the company $500m per year in lost revenue.
Today software piracy costs an estimated $12billion a year worldwide with more than 30% of software in circulation having been pirated, a massive loss of revenue for software vendors. Compound this with the serious threat posed by the next generation of Viruses and Trojans targeted at computer systems through cracking, and the real extent of the problem posed to business, industry and government begins to emerge.
The recent ‘Love Bug’ virus should have served as a warning shot when it wreaked havoc with the corporate IT systems of many of the world’s largest companies.
The ‘Love Bug’ was the first virus to exhibit primitive characteristics of what are known as polymorphic and mutating viruses a potential threat that far exceeds anything a hacker could ever do. However, governments and companies alike, reliant on their IT systems and the e-business world in general have largely ignored or been unable to solve the problems of creating effective Internet security.
Crackers, as opposed to hackers, use techniques which allow them to remain undetected and have a potentially far more devastating impact on computer systems and e-commerce than hacking techniques ever could. Cracking, unlike hacking which can be viewed as an external attack on a computer system, uses back doors beyond firewalls into the internal code of applications altering them in ways that doesn’t affect the trust or sharing of resources. This potentially allows the untraceable spread of the new bread of mutating Viruses and Trojans as well as increased software piracy.
Using its knowledge of the Cracking community, BitArts has developed a technique that protects applications, copyright and licensing rights from cracking and hacking. By wrapping application code and digital content in protective software when it is generated and the use of technology based around mutation engines, BitArts are beating the Crackers at their own game.
“Because of its very nature there is no such thing as unbreakable software encryption. Security developers and companies should aim to keep one step ahead of the cracking community rather than trying to beat it, building their businesses on a model akin to that of the anti virus industry,” said John Safa, chief technology officer and founder of BitArts.
“Software security companies do themselves no favours. They put themselves on a pedestal and claim to have unbreakable software only to find within weeks their protection scheme has been broken. The computer underworld, which uses the Internet as its main method of communication, is as well organised as the army, circulating tutorials on how to break a piece of security software almost as soon as it becomes available, assembling groups of crackers around the world to work on assignments.”
About Bit Arts
BitArts is a software development company that is focused primarily on the development of protection, security and encryption software providing solutions for the secure delivery of software applications and digital content, digital rights management and license management over the Internet. BitArts’ suite of products incorporate the functionality for the successful management and distribution over the Internet of secure and protected software and digital content, copyright and licensing protection as well as the collection of royalties from such content.
The company was founded in 1998 by Chief Technology Officer, John Safa and now boasts an impressive management line-up which includes Danny Chapchal as CEO and Dr Sheryl Chavers, former US Undersecretary of State for Technology in the Clinton Administration, as Chairperson. BitArts is headquartered in Nottingham, UK with customers in more than 65 countries. BitArts has patents pending on ten core technologies, the basis of the company’s unique digital security offering.
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