It’s been an exciting past few DayZ — see what I did there?
This was “confirmed” on the official DayZ forums by staff member Tonic, who posted: “This hacker…uploaded a malicious application to the US file host, which has since been taken offline.”
The worry that the game’s servers are becoming a botnet has been dashed by a subsequent forum post by DayZ dev Dean “Rocket” Hall.
Posted less than four hours after Tonic‘s, Rocket established a set of facts about the game’s security breach:
“Fact: One of our Artist’s PC’s was hacked by a person known to him.
Fact: The hacker used the Artist’s password to attack the forum’s.
Fact: This was detected almost immediately, initially it was thought that this person was in fact the artist themselves.
Fact: DayZ has RDP/Admin access to less than 15% percent of the servers hosting DayZ.
Fact: The forums were vandalized, and this was detected and rolled back immediately.
Fact: A staff member, in a rush to inform everyone, was misinformed and overreacted resulting in the infamous google groups message.”
The last line references a “staff member” who Rocket previously confirms in the post to be Tonic. Before his forum post, Tonic originally sent out a warning of the supposed malware in a Google Group message.
Thanks to Rocket, we know that this hacker business was all just a big misunderstanding, resulting in only the DayZ forums being vandalized.
Still, it’s not very cool to think that some are trying to tarnish the reputation of one of the coolest zombie games ever made.
For future updates on DayZ, stay tuned to GAMEBREAKER.