Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

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Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by ardesia » Fri May 11, 2018 12:23 pm

Some weeks ago FT has been the place of a Bug Abuse case.
For a few days, the trade system had a weakness allowing players abusing it and duplicating game items.

The news spread, and some players did abuse the bug, generating a huge amount of high level items and of purchasable items.
It took some time before someone decided reporting about it.

The bug has been fixed, and several characters went jailed because they had been found guilty of duplicating items.

The GM team has been busy for weeks, investigating on those who abused the bug.
This created a huge (and I mean HUGE) amount of work for the staff, which as a consequence did:
(1) damage all honest players, who had not been helped as they normally would
(2) slow down new contents testing and releasing
(3) generate a work overload for staff members

What had in fact been doing all players who abused the bug?
They created new and illegal copies of high level and of purchasable items. In huge amounts.
This is not only a violation of rule 8 (yes, you can read it here).
This is a violation of real life laws. It is stealing.

Imagine this scenario: Show
Real life.
A city.
It's night.
A group of persons is taking a stroll.
They notice a shop with open door, no one inside it.
They enter the shop, and see goods all around them, no one watching.

What would you do?
Case A: you return to the street and call the police
Case B: you pick up as much as you can, call in all your friends so they can steal stuff as well, and close the door so you can go on emptying the shop for several days
What players did in FT has been a Case B scenario.
They've stolen goods. They damaged the game and compbatant, a real money damage. A real life criminal offence.

It is possible that compbatant will decide reporting them to real world authorities and to Google Play.
I don't know that, it is up to him.

The game staff is dealing with the in-game situation.

The characters who has been found guilty of abusing the bug will not be released. Ever.

They are not simply characters: they are avatars of real world persons.
They have been used by human players who stole stuff.

We don't like that.
These players stole goods, abused bugs, caused damages and generated huge work overload.
They are not welcome in this game.


Real world shops often have cameras, recording events.
Online games run on a computer, and guess what? Computers have memory storing events data.

Thanks to the huge work of the game staff, we have been able tracking down the characters abusing the bug and their alts.
They are now all jailed.
None of them is going to be released.

We divided the abusers in two groups:
* main abusers -> permanent jailing for the characters abusing the bug and for all alts of them
* minor abusers -> permanent jailing for the characters actually abusing the bug

The character who was completely innocent and was jailed for investigation has been released and compensated for the inconvenience.
A small number of players helped us by reporting the bug. They also abused it, and we are now going to contact them to discuss their particular cases.

We also decided making the list of permanently jailed characters public.
It's here: look at it. You will have a clue of why we keep saying that working on this case has been a huge overload.
Here is the jailed characters list: Show
__BAPBAP__
__Gysein__
__Mike__
__Nieell__
_-POMAH-_
_-roman -_
_AS_
_b12
_b30
_Gysein
_Gysein_
_JOVE_
_Kirito_7
_magistre_
_MiRoN_
_Powerful_
_SKrIlLeX_
_Stalker_
_Stalker_
_TOP_
_TOP_1
_TOP_2
_TOP_3
-_-GRAND
-_Roman_-
---WASP---
--MiNeR--
--Roman--
--sniper--
-A-6oru
-AC-
-b13
-Femistokl
-KOT-
-Larson-
-luchnik-
-Maga-
-MaGiStrE-
-maks777-
-Mr_aX-
-RoMaN-
-RuNgLi-
-Strelok-
-VIaD-
-Weise-
-Werewolf-
-Wild-
-X3-
-Z-6oru
1artem1
1klass
1t
2artem2
2t
3artem3
3elLeHblu - has been released on checking on his further info
3t
4t
6yxou
7______
7______
7_________
7FROST7
7t
293--8
297
298
300
777MaKs777
2988
2988
5552
12325
29888
32456
555555
4643827
4643827ru
2981009869
AC-RASH
Andrei1985
angel_
Anka2015
AnNa2010
Anna2014
Anna2015
apelsin4ik
APTYP
APTYP072
Aragorn123
ArEHT007
arrow____
artem ru
artsertim
Artur007
ASSASIN2
AssasinS_2
ATAMAH
Atom072
auridan
Avatare_
Avatares_
Azetom
Azeton
B_Magic
b1
b2
b3
b4
b5
b6
b7
b8
b9
b10
b11
b14
b15
b16
b17
b18
b19
b20
b21
b22
b23
b24
b25
b26
b27
b28
b29
BAD BOU
BANG BANG
Barbaris
barsov2002
BDO-_-
big sword
Black baby
BLACK ZEUS - released as proven innocent by further analysis (was one of the cases to be looked at again)
BlacK_TiMe
black_wolf
blazin
BobMarley_
BOMAN
BOR
BossDyxOPK
BossXAlLK
BoT_Tak
BowFighter
bowsmen999
BPYH
BRACELETS
Bugi boy
Bzzzzz
CCD
ccof
cekcu
CHERNOMOR
Coca-Cola1
CPYH
Crossaute
Crossout
D_A_R_K (minor case)
D_Hunter
D_Ranger
DaHobbitt
damager
DARK RAVEN
DARK_ELIT_
dark_waarm
DarkElit
DarkElite
DarkMag
darkwaar
Dead33RUS
Deatch
Demon666
Dima072
dirol
Ditivo
Dr STRESS
dr-strike
Dragon Age
DragonLore
DragonMage
DragonXP
DragoOgres
dusaro
dwemir
DyxCBET
Egg
Evgenii92
evil_bow
Excord
Fair__Arow
Faraone
Femist
femistokol
feya
feya999
Fhurer
Fin
Finoffo
Finofo
Fire_Arow
Forgott
forter
frol34new
G0D_LIKE
Gameloft
GameofWar
Gandollf
Ganzel
gast
gast123
gast12312
gast123123
gast123123
Gazar
gffg
Ghost345
GhostKilll
glllg
GM-Assista
GOD LIKE
GOD_LIKE
GoldAVP
GOOGLE_
google---
google----
GRAFFF
GrayArcher
GRekt
GRIZZKI6
GRIZZLI
GRIZZLI1
GRIZZLI2
GRIZZLI3
GRIZZLI4
GRIZZLI5
GRIZZLI6
grott
GUERRA2
GuGi
Gusein
GUY JOVE
Gysein_
Haizenberg
HanTeR
hdgvcf
Hellstaff
HetShot
I LOVE
IGRROK
ikimanki
Ilya999
Im funny
IoN
ITEMSSS
ITEMSSSS
jakson999
jeka92
JOVE
KABAH
KaK_Tak
Kaldun
Kezier
Kiber_King
killller
KingGlock
Kirill_01
Kirito Gun
Kopoh4elL
KPOT
Krot
KTO_TaM
KTO-TAM
LegenDaa
Legok
Lene RR
Leninha
Leninha
Leninha Br
Leshka89
lippert
Lockt
Looking
lord Devil
lu4nik
luc92
lucnik999
M_Magic
m4gn1t1337
MA3uLA
MACKA
mag28
maga4
maga5
maga6
maga7
magic_bow
Magister07
Magister25
magistr92
MagistrE
maks555
maks777
maks999
maksimklas
man -----
MANDIRIGMA
Margana
MarHuTu3M
marseI
Marseille
marsel-
MASTER PRO
max123
may289th - proven to be involved by mistake
MIFIK56rus
Mike_
MILLIONER
minerador
minero
Mir57rus
Miroscha
Mishkasvam
MKOK
MNHET
modest001
Monster99
moruk
Mr Ditivo
Mr TOPMO3
Mr_Satana
MR-MAG
MrBlAcK
mukluxa
N E V E N
N-E-V-E-N
Naemnik
NANO BOY
nanodragon
NeVeN
Neytmar45
nnnnnn
O_N_I_X
OGR
Ogrrrl-_-l
oleg222
oleg1111
oleg1112
org92
orks92
Panterka
Pavel101 - has been released on checking on his further info
Pavel102 - has been released on checking on his further info
Pavel103
Pavel104
PepaGod
pethfinder
pitbool
piximan
PLASMA
Plasmare
Polibo
President_
President1
President2
President3
President4
Provokatot
Pyccku2017
Pyccku2018
qna
QQ666666
Radio
randowcam
randowcan
randowcan
randowcan1
randowcan2
randowcann - released for having reported the bug
RAVEN04
regina___
Rei-maloi
Rei-victor
RiFa
RocknRollo - released as rewarding for reporting about the bug and so helping the staff on the case
Roman____
RONALDO7
Roschih
RUSSIA_SNG
S A N T A - released as proven innocent by further analysis (was one of the cases to be looked at again)
S_L_X_O 2
Sasha_Grey
SatAnA-666
Satran
satyra
sea dog
Seweruss
sharmaine-
Shiroe
Slaughter2
SLXO
Smoky Mo
Snajper1
SNejOK
sorte
sorte 1
spartax
Spector
SrMarseil
StAIKeR-Br
Stalker-
StAlKeR-Br
Steort
STEPANKA 2
STONE BAG
STONE BAG1
STONE BAG2
STONE BAG3
STONE BAG4
STONE BAG5
Strelok--
super_bow
Supramati
Sygom
t_o_n_i___
taku-8 - released as proven innocent by further analysis (was one of the cases to be looked at again)
tank90
tasher216
tatarin
Tim Hai
toniel_1
Top92
Topchik2
topo
toy
Tvanshi
TyK TyK
TyK_TyK
TyK-TyK
TyTuTaM
vaasiliy
victor7 - released for having reported the bug
victor67
Victoria D
Victory1
Vika555
Viktory
VIN FT
vlad06
voin
voin andre
war_lords
Warface1
WEISSTEIN
Wispirar
wispirer
Wolf87 - released for having reported the bug
Wolfhound
Woolfor
x FEAR
X_ArcheR_X
X_Galaxy_X
X_Hunter
X_Ranger
XaHa BaM
XandrSu
Xokkeist
XOPOH
xSVDx
Xyres
Yjeho
YrpozOPK
YrpozOPK1
YrpozOPK2
yury dima
Zakoldyu
Zarkan
Zenot
ZEVS
zezo
ZEZO2
ZIATES
zombi112
Zoran
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by SellSword » Fri May 11, 2018 12:58 pm

Wow... The scope is just shocking...

Thank you to all of the staff for the time and effort you put into this, as well as normal issues. No fluff and filler here. It feels insufficient, but it is seemingly all I can offer.
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by vlad198401 » Fri May 11, 2018 1:46 pm

Gratz on finishing that case.
Really sad to see known nicks in the list, esp. those above 1k — why they even participated in abusing :(
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by rearrow » Fri May 11, 2018 2:01 pm

i totaly agree with the results of this investigation.
I think prioritising this and therefor delaying other work was 100% the right thing to do.
I am also happy to hear that inocently jailed account was conpensated.
I only wish there could be some compensation for the GMand admins involved. Not only was it a huge amount of work, its work which is not fun and you most likely hate having to do it. volenteers having to a huge amount if work they hate.... thats sad. but thats dedication.

the only thing i can offer is my grattitude and appologies for the times i make things hard for you guys.
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by hungry_wolf » Fri May 11, 2018 2:30 pm

Good Job

wish people stop this bad habit to cheat ... but somebody never learn lesson, so let's all stay aware :)
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by blitzcraig » Fri May 11, 2018 2:58 pm

a huge THANK YOU to the GM team for protecting our investment of time and money as players and the integrity of the game! :D
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by death911 » Fri May 11, 2018 3:04 pm

A huge thank you to the whole Team for the tremendous effort..
A question out of curiosity " is the list of permanently jailed characters or includes both major and minor abusers?"
Because i think i see some of the players in game still i think. Not sure.
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by LostKnight » Fri May 11, 2018 3:51 pm

rearrow wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 2:01 pm
I total agree with the results of this investigation.
I think prioritizing this and therefor delaying other work was 100% the right thing to do.
I am also happy to hear that innocently jailed accounts were compensated.
I only wish there could be some compensation for the GM and admins involved. Not only was it a huge amount of work, it's work which is not fun and you most likely hate having to do it. Volunteers having to do a huge amount of work they hate.... that’s sad, but that’s dedication.

The only thing I can offer is my gratitude and apologies for the times I make things hard for you guys.
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by aang » Fri May 11, 2018 3:58 pm

All in jail! For mistakes game - players go in jail...
Yes it is bad to use bug, but if it was not, then no it would not.
I've never used a bug, I'm not in jail, but I believe I could not to put anybody for that. Because it's not their fault 100%
PS Saw DaHobbit in this list. This is funny. Im sure this is not our GM, but really this funny :D
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Re: Closing Trade Bug Abuse Case

Post by LostKnight » Fri May 11, 2018 4:18 pm

aang wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 3:58 pm
PS Saw DaHobbit in this list. This is funny. Im sure this is not our GM, but really this funny :D
Not quite, you saw: DaHobbitt on the list, that second "t" at the end is a give away it wasn't Hobbs.

And I disagree with you 100%, it is their fault, 100% their fault. They chose to;
1. break the rules,
2. break real world laws stealing from compbatant.

In my opinion permanent jail isn't good enough and I hope compbatant follows up with some real world action against these people.
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