Keylogger Discovered in Sonic 2 HD, LOst no Longer in Team

[UPDATE] Earlier today, S2HD Project Manager Canned Karma announced that LOst, Sonic 2 HD‘s programmer who needlessly added DRM protection to the long anticipated fan game, is no longer part of the project, as stated in the Sonic Retro forum.

All of us had the exact same reaction everyone here did, and we’re actively looking into it to the best of our abilities. That said, we’ve heard just as much from LOst as anyone here has lately, so I’m not sure what, if anything, we’ll be able to find that corroborated or refutes what’s been brought to light. I will say this though. LOst is no longer a part of S2HD. I’ll have a more in depth response soon. We’re just as pissed off about this as the community is.

[ORIGINAL] Scarred Sun of Sonic Retro advises everyone who has downloaded the Alpha Demo of Sonic 2 HD to delete the entire software in light of a recent keylogger discovery, the cause behind triggered antivirus alerts. Read the full statement after the jump.

Earlier today, I was contacted by a professional antivirus employee who was interested in why Sonic 2 HD consistently popped up as a threat by multiple antivirus software programs and did some investigation. His results showed that a keylogger is part of the Sonic 2 HD software. After receiving this notification, we conducted our own independent tests and found that there is indeed a keylogging program as part of the Sonic 2 HD alpha software.

I want to emphasize that at this time, we have found no evidence that the software has been “phoning home” any data—only that we have found the capability exists.

Because this vulnerability has been found, we are strongly advising that the software be removed. You will need to delete the files included with the Sonic 2 HD zip, as well as the registry keys hooked at HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/NakaSMK (if you are unfamiliar on how to do this, go to Start->Run.., type regedit, follow the folder path, and then delete the NakaSMK folder.)

We will have more information on the situation as it evolves.

-Scarred Sun

To those who don’t know what keylogging is, it is a manner of tracking which keys are being typed onto a keyboard. In other words, those being keylogged will likely not be aware that their actions are being monitored. Again, there is no evidence of Sonic 2 HD actively doing this, but the fact that it is capable of doing so is enough to warrant deletion.

To reiterate: to those who’ve downloaded Sonic 2 HD‘s Alpha Demo, delete the software immediately.

Here’s to hoping for the best to the Sonic 2 HD team and that the project will be fixed soon.

Special thanks to MetaRyan for tipping in.

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34 Comments

        1. Wow hope they kick that guy outta the team cause after all these years of waiting we get a broken version of the alpha demo with only a lil portion of people can play cause of the drm crap..

  1. Interesting.A few days ago I finished the demo and deleted it.Don’t know why I deleted it,but it’s a good job I did!Thanks,TSS.

  2. Aw man, first all the controversy surrounding the development team, now this? I feel so bad for the people who have genuinely worked so hard on this game. I have to wonder if this was some kind of freak accident, or more crud from that ‘corrupted developer’ on the team.

    Either way, it’s a shame to see a project I’ve been following since it’s somewhat early stages fall apart like this…

  3. Well shit.

    I really want to support these guys but the guy doing all the coding are stupid DRM is making it very hard.

  4. The S2HD Team really needs to get rid of LOst, the game’s programmer. He’s the scumbag who coded DRM into the demo and included the keylogger. And this is far from the first time he has pulled BS like, as people in the Sonic Retro community should know.

  5. If anything, maybe they should present themselves to Sega, so they can make a 20th Anniversary Edition of Sonic 2 for PSN and XBLA. This way, the game becomes Official, or something. Otherwise, you can just settle for the Sega Vintage Collection Edition.

  6. I deleted all the files. I can’t find this NakaSMK folder, so I’ll assume it had already been deleted (my laptop’s antivirus claimed to have found a trojan and deleted it accordingly, so it might have been that).

  7. I had a quick question, I’m running a Windows computer and am trying to delete all of my Sonic 2 HD files but I can’t find this NakaSMK folder even after I open the regedit program. All that seems to show up is
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    HKEY_USERS
    HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG
    But I don’t see NakaSMK in any of those folders, but I shouldn’t have to delete those folders right? Also am I going to have to completely uninstall the Sonic 2 HD program or can I just delete the files?

    1. you must go in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then open the Software folder. There will be the NakaSMK folder.

      …KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!

  8. Well that’s mine deleted. I’m so glad I regularly check TSS, because AVG Free Edition did not detected this.

    Makes me wonder how much software I download from the internet, and trust implicitly, is really safe. The last place I expected to find dodgy software was a Sonic fan game, but I suppose that was the point. And what’s the point of DRM on a free to download game anyway?

  9. I just noticed that the Sonic 2 HD website contains a note telling users that antivirus programs will identify the software as a threat. How did I miss that.

  10. I just went through the registry only to remember it doesn’t install on Windows XP SP3 then. Deleted the Zip anyway.

  11. I went to the sonic 2 hd website and it says all the current downloads are clean now should i download them ?

  12. Well this explains a lot. Im glad they kicked him off the team. Thanks for the info Sonic Stadium, and I hope that they manage to fix all of this.

  13. I have a question. When I was useing the regedit program there were 2 things under the NakaSMK folder one was Sonic 2HD and the other is called “UserInterface” in the folder was “controllerschemes” in that folder the files are called “(default)”, “controller (xbox 360 for windows)” , and “keyboard”. Should I delete this too?

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