Network Security Warning
Posted by Suzanna Soyinka on April 09 2012 21:58:04
Its come to our attention that there is a third party program being marketed that allows CCS users to circumvent the CCS Captcha system.

Now you might think that we're concerned that people might be using it to camp, but we're not, because GMs will largely catch people that are completely unresponsive and deal with them appropriately.

My main issue with posting this warning is to ensure people know how dangerous this really is.

Should you consider the situation, you are essentially gambling $40.00 USD on the potential that this third party program works, and perhaps it does, but you're also sending that $40.00 USD to a nearly untraceable Hotmail email address, and if they do send you something in return for your purchase there is no guarantee that even if it does work that it won't also install hostile software on your system that could put your personal identity, your credit card data and any other sensitive information you may have on your computer at risk.

So let me just simply say, I'm not entirely sure camping in CCS is worth trusting potentially having your identity and credit card data stolen by someone thats posted an advertisement on a website where anyone can post something anonymously, and they're using an email service that is well known for its complete lack of responsibility for any fraud committed via their service.

In the end, is "winning the game in CCS" by somehow perhaps evading the CCS Captcha system, and perhaps never being caught by a live human GM worth risking all the money in your bank account and perhaps your personal identity as well?

Simple facts are CCS, being as popular as it is, has consistently been the target of hackers attempting to get control of peoples SL accounts since most people's SL accounts are associated with their credit cards. Over the last three years alone there have been hundreds of CCS users who have mistakenly clicked on a phishing link sent by a compromised account in a CCS information group, only to have their accounts stolen within minutes and suddenly their credit cards are charged out to the maximum as the hacker buys and sells a ton of Linden and redirects the cash to their own Paypal account. And the sad part about it is the CCS player then gets stuck holding the bag, and the Lindens ban their account over it.

Simple facts are is if simple phishing links are enough to cause that, installing a piece of third party software, advertised anonymously, and sold through an anonymous email contact? Yeah....not very smart.

No game is worth losing your financial well being over. Or even potentially risking that. So, stay smart, and don't say we didn't warn you.

Have fun everyone.