1. MasterKelli's Avatar
    Hello!

    I have a suprising problem at my hands. Someone reverse-engineered our game Hopping Penguin, changed it's name, filled it with advertisements and uploaded it to Windows Phone store as a new game.

    Original Game (Hopping Penguin) :
    https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=CeUrAgR0

    Reverse engineered rip-off (Penguin Adventure):
    https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=1_m39_oC

    They changed the game title and removed in-apps as well. Analytics are showing from the fake-app to our analytics system...

    I reported about misleading app through my Windows Phone but I don't think it's enough. I will probably try to contact Microsoft directly.

    I didn't even know this kind of reverse-engineering was possible.
    noersetiawan likes this.
    07-17-2015 03:24 AM
  2. shishu1's Avatar
    Reported the fake one to microsoft.
    xandros9 likes this.
    07-17-2015 03:59 AM
  3. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Reported the fake one to microsoft.
    Given how the store is still clogged with GBA games in emulators, I doubt that it'll help a lot, but I also reported it.
    noersetiawan likes this.
    07-17-2015 04:04 AM
  4. MasterKelli's Avatar
    Thank you for reporting!

    We found out this through our analytics, because we had more new users showing up than we had on Windows Phone Store dashboard.

    It seems there was another rip-off couple of months ago but it has been taken down:
    https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=ckRgEldm

    The sad thing is that those fakes have been download tens of thousands of times so the hacker is getting some money from these. :(
    Last edited by MasterKelli; 07-17-2015 at 06:18 AM.
    xandros9 likes this.
    07-17-2015 04:25 AM
  5. KarmaEcrivain94's Avatar
    Thank you for reporting!

    We found out this through our analytics, because we had more new users showing up than we had on Windows Phone Store dashboard.

    It seems there was another rip-off couple of months ago but it has been taken down:
    https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=Exi0DR6z

    The sad thing is that those fakes have been download tens of thousands of times so the hacker is getting some money from these. :(
    This might sound stupid, but try sending a letter to Microsoft. They are way more likely to respond.
    07-21-2015 01:27 PM
  6. MasterKelli's Avatar
    We filled the Copyright Infringement form that Microsoft had on their site so here's hoping they will respond.

    Sad to see the rip-off having over 5000 daily downloads and being top 5 on all games in Italy :(
    07-21-2015 01:49 PM
  7. KarmaEcrivain94's Avatar
    We filled the Copyright Infringement form that Microsoft had on their site so here's hoping they will respond.

    Sad to see the rip-off having over 5000 daily downloads and being top 5 on all games in Italy :(
    That must suck :/ the problem comes from the windows desktop installation. By changing a few security settings, you can access almost all the code of any installed app. That's the only way they could have managed, because .appx files are signed and impossible to crack open.
    07-21-2015 06:30 PM
  8. noersetiawan's Avatar
    Have you try to make a thread in Microsoft Answer and directly contact Microsoft? This is a serious problem and been there since the beginning of Store, but MS seems like always overlook it.

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    07-21-2015 09:53 PM
  9. MasterKelli's Avatar
    Seems Microsoft took action rather quickly. The rip-off has been taken down today. :)

    Thank you everyone!
    07-24-2015 07:37 AM
  10. KarmaEcrivain94's Avatar
    Seems Microsoft took action rather quickly. The rip-off has been taken down today. :)

    Thank you everyone!
    Awesome!
    07-24-2015 06:25 PM

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