Diablo II A Spy?

The recent attack on Blizzard Entertainment's web sites, including battle.net, has been linked with changes in the Terms of Service implemented since patch version 1.06. These changes allow the monitoring of battle.net users for duplicate items.
The message awaiting visitors to the Blizzard sites during the hack read "The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or it just may have been hijacked by our force of trained cyber monkeys and underground gnomes who wish to rule the world."

The first complaints concerning the T.O.S. changes were voiced by German gamers who claim that the alterations violate German privacy laws. The snooping abilities of version 1.06 are extensive and it is believed that the information which it can abtain about a users computer includes:
- complete registry and hard disk scans
- recent documents
- my network places
- recycle bin
- browser history and more...
While some of these processes may be necessary for the search for duplicates it is unlikely that anyone wants Blizzard obtaining such information about their computers.
Firewalls offer no protection since the data is transmitted through the connection to battle.net.

What Blizzard may plan to do with such information, remains unknown but it is certain that legal action against the company will soon be taken. Even Blizzard's European partners, Vivendi, are attempting to distance themselves from the changes.

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Diablo II A Spy?

I think hacking should be limited to bringing down people who deserve so heres a message for you. Stop f**king picking on gamers is not on! Anyone who does it is a twat!

Diablo II A Spy?

hahaIt's what I've been saying all alongBlizzard don't care about the end user, if they did they woudn't have made such a crappy game called "Diablo II", and have a slow, laggy, unreliable service called "battle.net"...Blizzard don't care about the gamer, they care about the money.. and that's it..

Diablo II A Spy?

Why does everybody have to rip on a free service caled battle.net. if all blizz cared about was makin money, they wouldnt update, allow free service to an extensive network, and supply boundless forums and information about whats going on in the realm. Come on people. It's free, lag takes a backseat to paying $$$ per month like most online games. So stop complaining, if you enjoy the game, and like free things, it's all worth it. USWest sucks, USEast will own the world!!!

Diablo II A Spy?

Dannyboy you're wrong. Loads bought the game for the multiplayer service (me included). If battle.net service was not available, i would NOT buy Diablo 2. Same goes for a great % of the gamers.Besides, Blizzard seriously f**ked up things many times (dupes, changing the spells [for most classes], laggy servers, hacked servers, etc, etc).I have to agree, they dont care about us gamers, just for the damn $$$$. But we'll pay them back, on their next release.

Diablo II A Spy?

You have all missed the point.Its not the fact Blizzard where hacked that is the problem it is why.Would you like it if blizzard made public knowledge what your online habits where, I don't think so.The worst case scenario for what they are doing is if someone accesses battle.net from a place of work using that lovely t1 connection. The firewall will not stop the intrusion by Blizzard and could lead to confidential and sensitive information being obtained.If a company was to find this out then the employee is on the way to the job centre or prison, then Blizzard are going to have some very serious problems.This sort of intrusion by companies is just not warranted.

Diablo II A Spy?

While hacking isnt the right way to do it, but it does bring Blizzard's attention. I believe in one's right for privacy and blizzard's new changes doesnt even care about guys like me. They just have to learn it the hard way...

Diablo II A Spy?

Blizzard has gone way out of line this time, I'm with a group that has monitored Blizzard for a while now, and this really is their most offensive stunt! Not only do they neglect the right of privacy they also made spyware which is in offense with the law. Also, this isn't their first spyware stunt. In Diablo 1 there was a spyware patch also, but was removed from the site after some of Blizzards employees started to talk. Looks like they really did it this time, I do know that Blizzard hopes to get rid of hackers, but not all people hack and their rights are all but violated. This shows the cowardness of companies like Blizzard, the so called Profit-only companies...

Diablo II A Spy?

no way man. Diablo 2 sucks from the beginning, and now the whole thing turns sour. Of course Blizzard deserves being haX0red as an act of retaliation. The only game I truly admired from Blizzard was Starcraft. Speaking of that, will Starcraft 2 ever come out?

Diablo II A Spy?

Do you think that battle.net client only scans for duplicate files?? the answer is no it scnas every thing for even certin programs used for hacking and so on. People that hacked the Battle.net site all i have to say is Great Job!!! Battlenet should lear that they do have a licence agreement with the User which is relly scred up because once you get to read it battle.net can make any chages it wants to to it at any given time... that is just bs

Diablo II A Spy?

I agree "no worse". We really dont got a problem here, and f**k the hackers! Blizzard is the best gaming company ever to be, all their titles have been bestsellers,etc. So they care about money, then what should we say about, say westwood? Realising 4-5 games which is all alike? i like the games, at least i did, but when i got tired of one of them, i got tired of all! There is not a gaming company in the world who dont try to make money! The reason this subject was brought up was because the company is so damn popular! If this was a minor company doing it, then it wouldnt be a subject!And why would blizzard be interested in what is stored on my computer?? Im just a regular computer game player like everyone else! I agree with the company thing though, and blizzard shouldnt have implemented the spy thing, but think about it, i could understand that you would be angry if you were the president of the US and had important informasion on your computer, but a normal player?? And if blizzard were to use the information against you you cold just sue them for spying!!! But dont f**king hack their website or battlenet!!! I love all their games, they are the only company who have made all their titles sucsess!!!!!!! BLIZZARD RULE!!!!!

Diablo II A Spy?

the king is a moronSorry to break this to you guy, but blizzard sucks ass... they release games that they know aren't done, and that will have a huge demand and they don't even upgrade there servers. Hell the first 2 months d2 was out, you coudn't even play online cause they suck.. and d2 is pretty much multiplayer only, at least that's what everyone was waiting for.. and they got "sorry battle.net is down"I'm glad people are hacking them, it just shows how crappy they are, that they can be hacked into by some 12 year old kid.And as far as the duplicate item thing is concerned.. they don't even need to check our hard drives.. its all on their end, on their servers.. If they actually did work on there servers they'd know that. The last thing I want is "blizzard" to be looking at my information, they don't have the right to look at what I have. It would be the same as if I had a spy thing on my computer, and looked at what they got.. which is called "hacking" which is by the way "illegal"So grow up, shut up, and sit down.Cause frankly you have no idea what your talking about.

Diablo II A Spy?

well, if they suck so much, why do millions of players still play their games?? Why is starcraft still so damn popular? Battlenet is full of players! Blizzard rule, i have seen other companies releasing games long before they are finished, but i dont care about that, as long as the games are good! Thats why we have patches! Who cares if blizzard searches my computer, if they use what they find for anything, then i sue them and get rich!! Your so stupid!!!

Diablo II A Spy?

I have been a "diablo 2" player basically since it came out now and have had constant crap about the realm being down and have had other f**cking shit from them aswell and have had to put up with it all i believe D2 is a sweet game but this is a load of shit i think blizzard have stepped over the line and they will get MASS-Sued if they dont stop this.

Diablo II A Spy?

With that I agree, they have stepped over the line, but no one can critise their games for that. The games rule, never before have a company released 5-6 games, and all have been success! No company have managed to make so many great games. Of course they have problems with the servers and stuff, so do everyone else! And be glad they offer free battlenet play! They dont have to do that you know, they could just give a damn about it!

Diablo II A Spy?

And if you hate blizzard, why give a damn? Why are you discussing this subject? Why do you bother at all??Just stop buy their games and try to find another company that you can like. Blizzard aint the only game making company in the world you know!

Diablo II A Spy?

all this does is piss off the real "large scale" hackers. Doing this can really f**k up a decent service if they are properly persuaded. So if Bnet doesnt stop the insanity, the real hackers will.

Diablo II A Spy?

well...my opinion is, Diablo2 SUX, Battle.net SUX and Starcraft is the best RTS ever made. Thats why the only game i buy from Blizzard is Starcraft...so about the spy thing, its not really good from blizzard, but i understand them to check who is playing with an illegal copy. Well, i dont play this game...so i dont care...but i like more diablo1 than 2, cause the one was more...serious...u know what i mean.

Diablo II A Spy?

f**k all of u who disaree with what blizzard is doing blizzard is better than others so they are not f**king up your files I played Tribes online the way u are supposed to play and i had to reinstall Windows. If you disagree with blizzard well then don't play it online. I have nothing to hide from Blizzard Entertainment!

Diablo II A Spy?

First of all, let’s wait and see if this isn’t another “urban myth”. If it winds up not be one, then the following text applies.The problem here is not the action, it's the principle.The whole idea behind spyware is that big companies and official state entities believe our computer is their personal property as soon as we install their software or live in a specific region. What happened with soepenas? And presumption of innocence?And we all know what they want. Free lunch. Yep, you read right. What big corporations want is a free lunch, where they can gather personal information from people and then sell it without permission ... and without paying (and NO, giving away free software isn't paying). They'll tell you it's anonymous ... but they can always trace it back ... if the price is right.Well anyway, before letting Blizzard off the hook, remember this: if you let them do it without getting their bum kicked, someone else is going to try it and very soon, you won't have any "private" property. Bottom line, if they wanted to check on someone's hard drive, they should have asked. Anything else is rude and unacceptable. And hopefully in this case the courts will stop and think for a second – in RIAA vs. NAPSTER they used their wallet way before they used their brains.

Diablo II A Spy?

i find this intrusion of my privacy VARY bad I no longer use battle.net as I will not let a evil spying bunch of motherf**king asswholes get my info I mean wtf how does the piracy isue alow invasion of privet homes. next they will want in my house and then I will shoot them

Diablo II A Spy?

Lol, everyone who takes this seriously is the hacker, or those that have something to hide from blizzard. You afraid their gonna find your pornomovies and send you pa a letter saying you got 7 porno movies stored on you computer? I can understand hackers, blizzard finding their tools, etc, but its f**king illegal anyways. 99% of the blzzard community wont give a f**k about this, because no one would be interested in the things stored on their computer anyway! AND if blizzard actually did bother to search your comp for other things, what should they do about it? If they find, say hacking tools? They cant f**king use it, caus then you can sue THEM!!!!!!HOW MANY F UCKING TIMES TO I HAVE TO SAY IT!!!!!!

Diablo II A Spy?

okay i dont play D2 i was going to buy it though.but all i know is one thing..never f**k with the cyber underground..you all have seen the impact of the hacker community right?i mean they are scattered everywhere and they will nottolerate a spyware server. so if i were blizzard i wouldbe shittin myself at this point. wouldnt you?some of the underground have more skill than those thatprotect the software and servers..its sad coz eventually this will happen in all games playedonline and this will create a evolution of underground war.heh, not a good sign..oh well, time tells

Diablo II A Spy?

yeh im a dirty lil hacker who likes f**king up ur geek games and scored ur mum last night on the net she's so desperate. i also make the server go slow by stealing bandwidth. Blizzard is my bitch, and ill abuse u lil shits how i want, and then all u geeks complain about how blizzard f**ks u around and only want money, u should get lifes and get a job, maybe a girlfriend and u'll stop complaining about a old shit faggoty game, just like ur grandad, and how he treated u all when u were small

Diablo II A Spy?

f**k you all. Blizzard does well, cause the produce fine games.You all ignore the fact that people have diffrent taste, and feelings for things. Anyone who takes this for granite is a f**k up, and disgrace towards humanity. f**k them hacker c**ts. Bunch of c**k sucking geeks without a life.

Diablo II A Spy?

Excuse the typos but I chouldnt careless. Im soo pissed. Hackers are a bunch of geeks who jerk their 2 inch p***ses off to cartoons, and cyber with guys online. A bunch of faggets who sag their pants and try to play basketball, and talk in nerdy little voices trying to say that their ghetto. They talk in leet(Fagget Lango) and chould careless for skin products for their f**ked up pimple faces. Bunch of wannabe faggets who wish they where cool but are not. THey dont belong in this world and need to get their asses kicked.

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