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CandyGirl61    0

some one please answer my question as  what is going on with SL heard game got hacked into is this right if so when is it ok to play again heard you have to fix it  Thresa Greeno  aka CandyGirl61

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Rolig Loon    14,306

You should not be terribly surprised that a complicated virtual world that's full of user-created stuff and managed by a network of 10,000+ servers sometimes has things that break. It's not because somebody "hacked" the system. It's just that it's almost impossible to make a big system that doesn't sometimes screw up unexpectedly.  When that happens, the techies get in and  get things running again as fast as they can, but there's no guarantee that they find all other little things that may have gotten busted at the same time.  As a scripter, I know how hard it is to foresee all the ways that my scripts can go wrong. I can only imagine the headaches that the LL crew has to deal with, especially when they have a world full of anxious residents looking over their shoulders.

The bottom line is, yes, it's OK to go in and enjoy yourself in SL now.  It looks like they've fixed whatever broke and have mopped up the mess it left now. ;)

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Alwin Alcott    2,691
34 minutes ago, CandyGirl61 said:

some one please answer my question as  what is going on with SL heard game got hacked into is this right if so when is it ok to play again heard you have to fix it  Thresa Greeno  aka CandyGirl61

if possible perhaps use a smaller font.. this is like shouting and not nice.

Also... "hearing"  things is very rarely close to the truth ... it's gossip or half lies. For sure when it comes from relativly recent players, who have often a very limited knowledge about second life.

If you had read the response in the first reply you had seen whats really going on, and your question would be answered. There is no hack, and as soon the grid is up, and access is given clear on the maintenance page you can log in. You can think a lot about LL, but not that they like to keep the grid down. Its their business... not a hobby.

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Nalates Urriah    967

Hacked... what do you mean by 'hacked'?

The SL system is made up of a number of services. There are login servers, region simulators, bake engines, chat servers, voice servers, asset servers, CDN systems, etc., etc. ...

Anyone of them could theoretically be hacked. But, hacking all of them... way unlikely. If the system is hacked, what can they get?

There is the idea they could inject a virus into your computer. But, things going into the asset servers, which are the ONLY things loaded into your computer by the system, are virus scanned and formatted in specific ways. Adding a virus or Trojan breaks that formating and the asset servers catch it. So, in almost all cases SL hacks are phishing scams.

Who told you SL had been hacked? Do they have any actual knowledge or are the the typical Chicken Little that didn't understand what someone said?

Regions get griefed every day. We use the term griefed because hacked is too imprecise for what we are talking about. Some mental midget dropping a load of particle emitters in a region is a type of hack. Dropping high script count objects to crash the region is another griefer attack. But, those don't compromise the systems numerous servers. So, 'griefed' is a more appropriate term. It isn't so much the servers that have been hacked as they were worked around to create an annoyance. 

Hacking a credit card company to gain database access and take financial information is a whole other thing from what usually happens in the SL system. So, again 'griefed' is a better term for what happens in SL.

There are ways to hack your personal computer from information gained from your use of SL. But, most of those are complicated and more effort than most are willing to put forth. SL is very safe, relatively, for a system this big and complicated.

Avoid listening to those addicted to fake news and rumors. 

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