I'd like to refrain from naming this video game out of
fear of reprisals from the game developer. But, for the
answers I seek, it's not really necessary to "name and shame."
One of the largest Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO), with
over 1.5 million players worldwide, is giving it's customers
a real annoyance by not enforcing its own rules to stop harassment.
This is the large MMO game which has the weakest defenses
against the Real Money Trader (RMT) criminal organizations.
The present condition is an enormous proliferation of multiboxing bot operators
who harass real players with constant spam flows into their
chat box in-game communications. Additionally, these operators
enjoy carte blanc to disrupt the in-game currency, distorting
the game for real players. Additionally they dominate precious
bandwidth, causing server lags for real players.
It's been argued (on the game's website) that RMT traders bring
cash flow to the game's developer via subscription, although
their money is dirty, funded by stolen credit card accounts.
An economic oriented publication described how RMT criminals
support Columbian drug cartels with money laundering. Other publications
describe how they use their unlimited stolen credit card accounts
to purchase their endless supply of gaming accounts.
The game developer publishes a policy forbidding the use of
3rd party programs. & forbidding spamming and harassment, yet
this policy is rarely enforced; it takes volumes of complaints
from real players to cause a spam-bot to be removed.
Recently a player, posted a query onto the game's website,
about the possibility of collusion between the game developers
and the RMT criminal organizations; that website member
was immediately banned. This game developer is intolerant
of any criticism that would cause them to "lose face."
The RMT harassment is conducted on all the developers'
gaming servers except the Japanese servers; the RMT criminals
won't interfere with those.
Very recently, one of the game developer's website members posted
concern that lawsuits may evolve, given that RMT runs directed
harassment against individual real players.
The developers provide only "add to blacklist" defense for real players,
and refuse to allow real players the ability to filter incoming
messages, to otherwise, preclude RMT directed harassment.
They refuse to provide defenses that other game developers have
had success with, and there is no evidence that they practice
Best Security Practices to protect their servers.
Okay, so why am I bringing this issue here?
AboveTopSecret is the top of the food chain for accurate knowledge;
we all know that. Questions about player defenses against RMT harassment
have never been answered on the game developer's own website.
The question becomes, "Why would a game developer refuse to
protect it's paying customers (real players) from RMT criminals,
after over 2.5 years of pleas from honest customers?"
Why would they ignore their own anti-RMT policies and allow
these criminals to flourish in game?
There are believed to be FBI files on some of the RMT organizations,
for cyber-crime. Here comes the sticky question,
By refusing to take action (to stop these cyber criminals), would
the game developer's US based office become a crime scene?
Apologies for not naming names and organizations(I know we're
supposed to), but I'm on thin ice by posting this.
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I look forward to your comments and insights.