[Operators] DarkOrbit cheater bot

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Wed Jul 27 17:16:50 UTC 2011

On 7/27/11 11:58 AM, Luke-Jr wrote:
> On Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:45:55 AM Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>> A program that enables you to cheat at DarkOrbit ("The ultimate Browser
>> Game space adventure") has established itself on the XMPP network. In
>> essence, you pay for a license and then you are able to "chat" over IM
>> to obtain real-time instructions about how to cheat in the DarkOrbit
>> game. Originally this bot had a JID at jabber.org. I disabled the
>> account at jabber.org because it had a very large buddy list and because
>> I don't like cheaters. It then moved to wippien.com. I told the Wippien
>> admins and they shut down the bot. The bot then moved to jabber.ru. It
>> has gone through several JIDs at jabber.ru (e.g., kbot499 at jabber.ru,
>> kbotik at jabber.ru) but still resides at that domain. I have seen many
>> users at jabber.org who have this bot in their rosters (these cheaters
>> often seem to forget their passwords), so other server admins might want
>> to be aware that such users are becoming quite common. I contacted the
>> creators of the DarkOrbit game in early March but did not receive a
>> reply from them. If you play that game or have a way to contact the
>> creators, please ping me off-list.
> Erm, it's just a game. So what if people are "cheating"? If that's what they 
> want to do with their game, it's nobody else's business... Since when are 
> Jabber server operators supposed to act as cheating police? -.-

I'm providing a heads-up to other server operators that they might have
a bunch of high-maintenance users on the way.

And, for the record, as primary admin of the jabber.org service I refuse
to host such a bot on that server. You're free to host whatever you please.


Peter Saint-Andre

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