The AIO Scene

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I thought it might be interesting to take a wander down the backstreets of the AIO Scene (as you might have guessed from the title).

Of course, first I'll explain what the AIO scene actually is (which will probably be helpful!)

From Wikipedia:

"All-in-One (AIO), also known as #-in-1, CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs contain more than one application on the disc. Typically, this would simply be different editions of the same version. AIOs are normally created by warez groups in order to save time to download and upload software, while giving a large collection of editions at the same time."

As you might have guessed, there's a huge selection of disks out there with all sorts of weird and (not so wonderful) programs on them. Here's a typical CD:


....mmmm, full of Underground badness. A lot of care and attention goes into the design of the CD presentation - in fact, a lot of the time, the presentation is more interesting than the old and mundane applications bundled on the CD. Here's what you'll typically find if you explore the CD:
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And here's what you'll see if you explore the contents the way the CD creator intended:
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Notice it also has a soundtrack playing in the background - not uncommon.

Here's a Matrix effort:


Unsurprisingly, you get a lot of these. Next up, a "Vista style" production:
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A crude but functional DDoS pack:


An even cruder "Credit Card Generator" pack:


An extremely ugly looking frontend for a hackpack designed to exploit Windows in various illegal ways:
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Here's an AIO from the Greek Hacking Scene:


The creator of this particular AIO has a thing for stuffing his package with as many scantily clad females as possible:


Speaking of which, not all AIOs are strictly related to hacking. Here's a porn AIO stuffed with pornography related programs and tools:


I'd show you more examples of AIOs, but you're probably seen enough badly designed interfaces to last you a lifetime now! Hope you enjoyed our little stroll through the AIO Scene. Of course, we've hardly scratched the surface so we might come back at some point for another tour of duty...

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