by Pixeleen Mistral on 04/05/10 at 1:04 pm
The Linden Lab crackdown on third party viewers may be having unintended consequences — at least one in-world mafia has released a collection of what are claimed to be patched illicit viewers that can circumvent the Linden blocks on banned Second Life client software. Apparently, to be a gangsta means running a viewer with extra capabilities, despite the game god’s distaste for this sort of play. It was unclear if the Nicholas mafia viewer collection is a legitimate attempt by the notorious gang to assist other gangs in a somewhat questionable lifestyle, or actually a honeypot or sting operation. Would you trust your account and password to a mafia-patched viewer? Will the gangsters comply with the GPL open source requirement to publish source code?
This development is not a total surprise. The Herald was contacted last week by a shady individual who pointed out the Lab’s third party viewer policy threatened the mafia meta-game and was driving the gang wars outside Second Life and onto various web sites, where individuals who are not part of the family might be harmed – and real life information shared with unfortunate consequences.
Meanwhile, the latest developments in the gang war between the Nicholas Mafia and the Sephora Mafia resulted in the Sephora gang web site being torched and left empty save for a few 404 error messages – a stark reminder of the power of the Nicholas clan. Who needs Facebook for mafia wars, when you can trash real life web sites?
While the Herald staff admired the Sephora Mafia’s musical selection in their YouTube video challenge to the Nicholas family, the Sephora gang may want to spend more time on security before challenging the Nicholas clan again. But attitude is important, and we do have to give Sephora some style points – and suggest that it might be better for everyone if the fun stays inside the game – a lesson Kalel Venkman and the Justice League Unlimited may have learned recently.
Before their site was trashed, a Sephora gang member sent this message to the Herald:
Like I posted to you before, the war has started, we have released Real pictures of members of Nicholas mafia…threats have been passed to us of simple DDOS on our website and simple **4chan** skiddie hackers trying to break through our security. Post bets on whose website goes away faster? Stand By For Rickroll Of Nicholas Mafia’s Website…
We know Nicholas Mafia has ties with Lindens and the lab, And we also know that they are exploiting Second Life viewers Such as Nielife and Cyrolyfe to use as there own for full copybot permissions, allowing them admin controls such as ban/kick/log out/ and also steal land. Sure they use these for there own uses for there enemies such as us. It is just a matter of time before it is released to the public and groups such as PN and other griefers get a hold of it allowing them total chaos within Second Life.