by Pixeleen Mistral on 09/05/10 at 8:27 pm
The Nicholas and Sephora mafia war continued over the weekend – a conflict fought with YouTube videos, Second Life client hacks, Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks, SQL injection exploits and web site security vulnerabilities — a sort of Internet-enabled alternate reality game for hackers with bragging rights among the families of Second Life at stake.
After the Sephora gang recovered from a Nicholas mafia DDOS attack, they fought back with what appears to be a security vulnerability scan of their rival’s web site which was published in a post titled "We Mean Business" and a YouTube video with their signature gang movie soundtrack.
A second YouTube challenge was then posted and the Sephora gang claimed that one of the Nicholas patched Second Life clients harvests account and password information – just the sort of thing that might give one pause before running a gangland virtual world client.
A Nicholas family spokesman dismissed the Sephora claims, saying "none of their information is correct".
In response to the Sephora claims, the Nicholas family posted what appears to be a log of failed attempts at SQL injection attacks against the Nicholas site pointed out that "they are doing shit that hasn’t worked in years. they have no idea wtf they are doing".
While this appears to be all good fun among e-friends and e-enemies, this sort of meta-game does have a potential downside when played outside Second Life. There are significant penalties for unauthorized access to computer systems, and the possibility that the game could spin out of control is something that we hope the players will keep in mind. But after a steady diet of consequence-free Second Life with the Linden’s characteristic lax attitude toward enforcement of the ToS in-world, these sorts of considerations seem far from any of the gangster’s minds.