Not all hackers are out to destroy the universe. Recently, a "white hat" hacker going by the nickname "ManWitDaPlan" helped developer Trion Worlds fix a serious security hole in its massively multiplayer online game Rift mere hours after it became public knowledge. After becoming victim of account theft, ManWitDaPlan began investigating the problem and posted his findings on the official forum. Responding to ManWitDaPlan’s forum post, Trion Worlds (Hartsman) admitted that RIFT was not 100 percent secure and that users should be wary of hackers and botnets exploiting the game.
"Trion’s response to the revelation of the exploit has been spot-on," he said in an interview with ZAM Rift. " Steve Chamberlin, the dev lead for Rift, was on the phone with me within five minutes of my sending the technicals on the exploit, and while I was talking to him, the engineering team was likely already editing and recompiling code. A patch was deployed just over two hours after the exploit was revealed."
"A few extra fixes (to Coin Lock) were also pushed in at the same time to further tighten things up. The phrase ‘epic win’ is clichéd from its overuse as a meme, but it nevertheless certainly fits here," ManWitDaPlan added.
Hatsman added that "attacks have been coming constantly" since the game launched. He also expressed gratitude to ManWitDaPlan for releasing his findings publicly. Knowing how hackers break security in a game helps the developers find a way to deal with the exploit.
"We’d definitely like to thank Mr. ManWitDaPlan for the well-timed assist," he said. "Sir, we salute you and offer our most heartfelt thanks."