Yup, het is dus waar: de Union of Cracking Gods, die vanuit het niets de eerste plaats op de daily rankings veroverden, hebben gebruik gemaakt van een gehackte client:
Yes, my friends, now we all have to admit this unpleasant fact: distributed.net has been severely damaged by a malicious hacker. Some of our friends even go so far as to say that this is the end for "the largest computer on Earth" as we know it. Everybody understands the consequences: if somebody was able to crack the client, then the others will also be able to do it (I know that at least one of the members of Team HackZone has already independently duplicated Shaman's findings, purely for the purpose of testing , of course.)
I tell you, people: Shaman is not a hacker, because hackers fight the system, and Shaman fights the people that fight the system. There are a lot of young guys out there who call themselves "hackers" just because they can handle a debugger and can crack some copy protection. No way, guys. Being a hacker means abiding by hacker ethics. Do you know what it is, Shaman? I doubt so. No matter what his skills may be, deep inside Shaman is a typical "little hax0r guy" with his ego the size of Kremlin. He didn't want to just submit a "security issue" like decent people do, instead he made a show of himself acting as a "cracking god".
Shaman's attack on d.net is the clear case of the slaughter of the children - no one has ever thought that the client would be hacked, because it would defeat the purpose of the challenge - to find the key, not to show up first in the stats.
Now, since the cat is out of the bag and the "fake" blocks are indistinguishable from the "real" ones, what do we do?
What worries me most of all in this situation is the silence of distributed.net staff. Hey guys! keeping your mouth shut in the times of crisis is definitely not the best PR strategy! You need to keep in touch, to ask people for help - don't be proud, you know we are willing to help you and support you. Open a hotline-chat-IRC channel-web board-whatever, assign a dedicated person to the case, create a task force, do something!
After all, there are thousands of us and our cause is good, so can't we do something together to show the "cracking gods" that we are not giving up?
Meer info vind je op deze site. De Kraakgoden zijn inmiddels uit de daily stats verdwenen. Het blijft natuurlijk de vraag in hoeverre dit gevolgen zal hebben voor het RC5 project. Er zijn immers ongecontroleerde blokjes naar de keyservers teruggestuurd, waar de key in had kunnen zitten.