Wednesday, November 21, 2007

'Worm' attacks Second Life world

I was preparing my blogpost for today, after reading BBC News. As at chance, it was written on November 20th, not this year, but last year. I almost published it as news, when I saw the date, and double checking the article. Nevertheless, it still could be news from today. The threat is not gone.

Well, apparently Second Life was hit by a worm, called grey goo. According BBC news, many residents were furious.
The grey goo attack, and controversy over a tool called copybot, which can be used to replicate people virtual wares, without paying for intellectual property rights, was beginning to sour some people's opinion of SL.
"You are selling a service which you can not and have not been able to provide."
Some users were angry because the copybot tool could be used to make replicas of objects in the virtual world and sold by some users in their virtual shops.
Copybot was originally intended to be used as a tool by Linden Lab to find vulnerabilities in the virtual world but it has since been modified and spread to other users.

"Like the world wide web, it will never be possible to prevent data that is drawn on your screen from being copied," Linden Lab wrote, advising residents to sue those who are copying their wares.
Other users were unhappy that Linden Lab continues to offer free accounts to people, who are portrayed more as sight-seers than real residents and increase the load on servers, diminishing the virtual experience for everyone else.

I think there are a lot of free account residents, celebrating already their rezzdays in this period, who will not be very pleased by hearing that colleague residents were pointing them out as tourists, with no contribution to Second Life whatsoever.
After reading, and realizing it happened one year ago, not much has changed, I think.
It still will be Linden Lab's task, to secure Second Life, and taking decisions on who may log in to the grid and who not. Are all residents going to pay their contribution to Linden Lab?
To my point of view, it would be better to stop new subscribers for a while, until LL had the chance to stabilize the grid. The growth of SL, has of course a direct link to the possible problems, where I am blogging about the last days.
But the success was also noticed by several big companies , which have set up business in Second Life, ...who are investing, and therefore supporting the development in the virtual world by Linden Lab.
To read the whole BBC News article from last year, click here.

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