As I see it CCP has had a lot of problems lately. Despite having a huge monthly injection of cash from its 300k+ subscribers, it, as an organization has become completely dysfunctional. Lets go over the major problems that I am aware of:
1. Unable to get Dust514 onto the XBox platform.
2. Playstation (which will be used by Dust) network being hacked resulting in Credit Card information leaks.3. Buggy releases of new unpopular features
-Quafe-zero / PLEX scam
-Crashing Tyranis Patches
4. Failure to deal with Macros resulting in it's signature gaming experience (0.0) being controlled by RMT traders5. Failure to deliver new functionality
6. A huge security failure in thier new forum leading to it being taken down after a few hours.7. Huge negative feedback over handling of the 9th Alliance Tournament Qualification Round
And now.... CCP being driven off the internet by a DDOS attack and probably hacked at the same time. At present CCP is claiming that it was just a DDOS but past experience with these hackers indicates that they do more than just DDOS. The Conservative Part of Canada was hacked, the party claimed nothing was leaked, and then Lulz proved otherwise. The fact that CCP has pretty much taken themselves off the internet leads me to think the problem here is a lot more than TQ going down.
Notice a trend here? I have highlighted in RED those issues that relate to security.
TL;DR.... cancel your credit cards you use to play EVE with. Don't trust them with real money ever again.
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Anonymous said...CCP had demoed Dust before on the X-Box. However they clearly could not satisfy whatever requirements Microsoft had to be on X-Box so they are now PS3 exclusive. This effectively cuts their audience (and revenue) in half.
The reason for Dust being PS3 exclusive is because CCP would not like for players to pay for XBox Live as an additional cost and because it would be a market different from EVE players. Sony has since patched up their network from the terribly insecure state is was in before.
The crashing Tyrannis patches are not so much a security issue as it is a QA mishap.Think that one through. QA mishaps are indicative of security issues. That is plain and obvious.
Macros have been a long withstanding issue with the game and it's not like they affect other MMOs as well.Macros exist in all MMOs true, but their existence in EVE is affecting their core end-gameplay. Not cool.
The fact that CCP took down their forum so fast is a good thing. The fact that it happened is not. Regardless, it's fixed now.They took it down, brought it back up, took it down again. It was not fixed.
Pretty harsh words for someone that has no idea about the severity of the attack.Nobody knows the severity of the attack. Not me and I can assure you, not CCP.
Looking at some of the tweets by lulzsec it does appear that EVE was just a random target. EVE was one of many random sites today. Perhaps my I overreacted to be afraid of identity theft in the same way CCP may have overreacted in taking themselves off the internet. Still I am not going to give CCP a break on their many problems, especially those relayed to internet security. If it wasn't for things like the forum fiasco I would not have had these concerns.
Now I want to see what happens to the Atlas Alliance that is taking credit for the attack.