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Rift Flaw Fixed By Helpful Hacker

Jonathan Lester
Games news, hacker, MMO, Rift, Trion

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Rift Flaw Fixed By Helpful Hacker

Rift, the hotly-anticipated MMO from Trion, launched last week... but with a potential flaw in the login system that could have posed a massive security risk for users. However, a helpful hacker stepped in to identify the problem, bring it to Trion's attention and ultimately provided the fix. Turns out that they're not such a bad bunch after all...

According to Trion, a small percentage of Rift user accounts were compromised after launch due to a login validation glitch. This left their personal details vulnerable, but luckily a user known as ManWitDaPlan was able to identify the problem and worked with the developers to put it right.

It transpires that the enigmatic ManWitDaPlan a career coder who now runs an Information Security company. He used to be ahacker, but now uses the skills he picked up cracking DRM and pirating games to good use. Trion were quick to thank their surprise saviour in their recent press release.

All totalled up, under 1% of accounts with characters have had characters impacted. However, 1% of a surprisingly large number is still very noticeable. We'd definitely like to thank Mr. ManWitDaPlan for the well-timed assist. Sir, we salute you and offer our most heartfelt thanks.

We discussed the missed opportunities for employing hackers in a controversial article last year. After all, they're veteran coders like any other - and they'd be a boon to any software company who'd be willing to give them a chance. Why not join the debate?

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