Trion Addressing Rift Security Flaws With a Little Help
If you’ve been playing Rift, you’ve undoubtedly heard the horror stories from people who’ve had their accounts hacked. Publisher Trion Worlds is addressing these problems with a little help from an unexpected source: a hacker.
Over on the ZAM, he says,
Trion’s response to the revelation of the exploit has been spot-on. 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 cliched from its overuse as a meme, but it nevertheless certainly fits here.
Trion hit this like Jackie Chan channeling Bruce Lee, which is what you do when you find an exploit. No playing the blame game, no whining, just find and fix and slam the door on the hackers. “Crush the hackers, see them driven from before you, and hear the lamentation of their women!” (Apologies to Ahnold for that…)
If you haven’t logged into your account recently, be prepared for ‘Coin Locking.’ This is another tool Trion is using to prevent hacked accounts from being stripped. Accounts are coin locked when a user logs into an account from a new location or a different computer than usual.
If you’re coin locked, you can’t send mail, receive CoD mail, sell to vendors, use the auction house, or break down/destroy any items. You can still level and gain items, you just can’t get rid of any of them. Removing the coin lock is as simple as entering a code that is sent to your registered email address when the account is locked.
It’s obvious that Trion is trying hard to keep their game secure, and it’s nice to see a company that is so up front about the issues their players are facing. We’ll see how Rift does as players continue to move toward max level.
If you haven’t played Rift yet, you can get a little more info on the game in our review later this week.