Ubisoft's controversial anti piracy measures have been bypassed allowing Assassin's Creed 2 to run without an Internet connection.
The French software company came under fire recently when it announced that a new DRM scheme would require players to have a permanent connection to the Internet in order to play the popular Renaissance rooftop-rambling stab-em-up.
Now a group of crackers known as Skid Row has seeded a modified executable file for the game to a number of file sharing sites.
The group further taunted Ubisoft by leaving the following message:
"Thank you Ubisoft, this was quite a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game and not on the DRM. It was probably horrible for all legit users. We just make their lifes (sic)easier."
Ubisoft's DRM, which relied on the integrity of its own servers in order to function, was criticised for punishing legitimate purchasers of the game whilst doing little to prevent the illegal activities of pirates.