An anonymous reader writes: It appears EVE Online has been hit by a new, massive case of cheating. Today's extended downtime was supposed to update the game to version Quantum Rise 1.0.3, however, this did not happen. Instead, many users got banned.
Hours later, someone posted a thread on Scrapheap Challenge about an exploit involving Player Owned Starbases, allowing users to generate vast amounts of very expensive materials. He went on to say that this exploit had been going on since 2004, and that it had started as a bug that was reported as such, but ignored by the GameMasters. Weeks later, the people who found the bug started using it for their personal profit. They made billions of in-game currency and even financed their game time codes through this, so had a real-life advantage as well.
It is currently not known how many people were banned today but estimates are in the high hundreds. Game developer CCP has given little information so far but they will like release a statement with more details soon.