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Logs from Beyond for 5/08/2016
I have said very little about this as I awaited for the situation to truly
For the past two months 90% of my work has been stopping a group of
hackers who have taken it upon themselves to break in and gain access to
all of our code and data. In the past we have been hacked a few times and
detecting and stopping them was always interesting but fairly simple. This
group was a different story altogether. Their expertise was way above
mine. I stopped them many times but they just got around to another
exploit. I will not go into the technical details but some of this story
is interesting and I write this knowing they will be reading it, which
puts me in a strange and uncomfortable spot.
The fact is they could have caused chaos. They had access to the code and
put comments in it for me many times. They had access to all of the game
data and could have done anything they wanted. In the end they did not
give a single gold coin to a player or cause any other actual trouble that
I can detect. Their game I suppose was to torment me personally instead of
harming the players. I do not know what to make of this sort of twisted
honor system but I am at least glad for that.
I still do not know their identity. I know that they somehow like me and
want Medievia to do well. They themselves detected a small hack that had
already taken place and told me about it, which was someone apparently
from China hiding a bitcoin processor on the server. They congratulated me
when I stopped their exploits. Every time I thought it was over though
they returned. Most hackers motivations are obvious, whether it be white
hats, black hats, financial, personnel, etc. These guys? Your guess is as
good as mine. Their level of expertise was something to marvel at and
something that is pretty terrifying. It has caused me a great deal of
stress as I may be a good coder but I am no security genius.
So now I am much more of an expert and Medievia is much more secure for
it. This all would have been easier if we had more funds to throw at the
problem. I ended up writing my own version of Zonealarm and other
anti-hacking and auditing tools as we could not afford them. I now much
more of an expert in firewalls and preventing this sort of thing. I now
know much more about all of the various daemon processes and potential
If you asked me 3 months ago how secure Medievia was I would have been
proud to tell you that it was like Fort Knox. It is not like the Medievia
servers were run badly or open for attack. The OS we use is very secure
with most processes disabled and a very good firewall in place. It has
always been that way as we always took this stuff pretty seriously. We are
attacked non-stop and always have been, as every server in the world is.
It is a crazy thing. You can pop a new server with a new IP address on the
Internet and within hours you will see root password failures startup.
Most of this is from China and Russia and do not scare me at all as like
many servers you cannot login as root from outside. Why they try this is
beyond me. The good hackers do not hack passwords. They exploit other
processes and systems. They exploit zero day vulnerabilities and develop
their own new exploits. It is amazing really and sad. There is nothing on
Medievia that could help anyone or make a name for them. Why do it?
The only one thing I know from this group is that they wish us well. Crazy
right? They will not stop either and made that clear. I must stop them and
continue to stop them. For now they have been stopped. It has been a week
since they have managed to get in.
Are they players? I really do not think so. Do they want anything? Nope.
It is all so very strange. We are nothing. We are nobody. We barely exist
compared to any other game.
What do they think of Medievia? They love the idea of a grand text game
and one of their messages in my home code was that they look forward to
the day when I get my act together and get the game popular. They said
that we fascinate them with our potential and they will be monitoring us.
WTH right? Why want us to do well and make me spend so much time defending
us against them? I asked them to stop and if they liked the idea of
Medievia that they should stop! Their response was a cryptic diatribe
about how much I 'interested' them and that my logs from beyond fascinated
them. My response was fine there would be no more logs from beyond. This
is the first since it all started. It is all so bizarre and unworldly.
There is no logic to any of this. You can make of it what you want. I need
to stop doing so and get back to the business of growing the game.
My message to them is to thank them for not actually hurting the game and
to tell them that I think they are misguided and should spend their time
doing something productive for society. Happiness cannot be found by
hacking people's intellectual property. If they must hack something go
hack bad people. When you ask WWJD (what would Jesus do) I do not think
hacking would be the answer. I think they suck and have done me harm by
wasting all of my time and causing me so much stress. I am one person with
a big huge well meant goal. I do not have time for this at all and it has
really left me with less desire and drive to go forward. If we truly
fascinate them then donate to the cause. I figure they owe me at least a
few thousand dollars and if they want to get their karma back I expect
that donation soon. Until they send me 2 thousand dollars as far as I am
concerned their souls are tarnished. They can take that for the truth. It
is their choice what happens next.
Medievia will now go forward. Logs from beyond will start up again. We
will continue to try to help the world and to provide the best game this
world has ever seen. My goals are life long and I will not be stopped.
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