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Security Improvements: Phishing & Flowcharts

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jan 21, 2011  | Comments

Security Improvements: Phishing & Flowcharts -

The official EVE Online blog has been updated with new information (and flowcharts!) about how the team is working to improve player account security. The first post deals with 'phishing' scams and how the team has researched successful ways that other companies have dealt with the problem and how CCP plans to implement stricter security for its players.

It is important to note that phishing is not the only way your credentials or private information can be stolen. One example we've given a bit in the past is third-party applications such as bots. We spend some time reverse-engineering this code and there are very few cases where ANY "botting" application does NOT send information to the creator that you did not intend it to. There is also NO class of bot that does not violate the EULA and will not  get your account actioned against when we detect it. In one case that springs immediately to mind a freely distributed piece of code had a time-bomb in it where on a certain date and time it transferred the contents of the wallets of everyone using it to the creator. Another recent example had the bot sending all chat channels and communications to the creator. I cannot think of a single instance of bot creation where the creator built and maintained a botting program out of the kindness of their own heart. If you got it for free there's a catch and they're probably stealing from you. If you paid for it you're still just a cash register and they're probably stealing from you, regardless of if you paid for it with a credit card or through some obscure method of transferring ISK.

Read more of this very comprehensive post here.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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