Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Great Moments in Stupidity Part I Can't Even Count that High

I'd say that this is part of a series, but let's be honest here. Half of what I talk about is this kind of stuff.

As fate would have it, I'm currently rather ill. Posts for this week from here on out might be a little lighter overall then normal assuming I can even get them out, at least until my damned nose stops running like a frigging faucet. Anyways, with that out of the way, let's carry on, shall we?

You've heard of problems with hacking, you've heard of problems with clones of games, you've certainly heard of people making epically bad decisions. Well, how about a story that combines all three?

The MMO Outwar could not be said to be a mainstream game when compared to something like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars, but still it has endured and still has a sizable userbase: something along the lines of a quarter million people. That's nothing to scoff at for a free to play text based browser (although there are transactions for points). Perhaps that's why a hacker thought that among other things to do like getting accounts unsuspended and getting loads of points for free, that taking a copy of the gamecode to create a shoddy knockoff would be a fantastic idea.

The hack effectively shut down Outwar for two weeks, which cost Rampid quite a bit in terms of lost time trying to repair all the damages done. The clone would of course not be as popular, only resulting in a small userbase and profits.

Here's where it gets hilarious though.

After being banned for this (I presume because he was found out) the hacker, Anil Kheda, sent an email threatening Rampid to restore his account or pay him a lump sum or else.

That, my friends, is something that only comes down the pipe as a result of one of two things: grapefruit sizes balls, or a pea sized brain. Guess which one I'm attributing this one to?

So, for his "trouble" Kheda got the FBI on his ass and might be looking at years in prison for being a jackass online.

Who says there's no justice?

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