BattlEye clarifies anti-hacking program and privacy to ARK players

After ARK: Survival Evolved players expressed some concerns about the new anti-hacking program BattlEye and its EULA, a BE dev took to the survival game’s Steam forums to address those concerns. Noting that the reddit posts that are stirring up concerns were written by a “well-known hacker,” the dev acknowledged that the program is invasive, as it needs to be to do its job, and that the EULA was purposefully meant to be very direct to give players a clear understanding. Then he emphasized that the program does not root through personal files, saying:

Yes, BattlEye has to be able to scan all memory (RAM) and all game- and system-related files on disk. However, this does not mean that BE is looking through your personal files, credit card details or other such information and sends them to our servers. I want to clearly emphasize that we don’t do this.

If players want to feel even more secure, he suggests that players close all other programs or processes that contain any sensitive information while playing on any BattlEye servers. Even so, the team will add more clarification to the EULA in the future as well as an uninstall option.

For ARK players, it should be noted that there is no need to install BattlEye unless you play on a BE enforced server (MOP’s is not), and the launcher will prompt you whether or not you want to install.

Source: ARK steam; thanks to Tanek for the tip!
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DPandaren
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tanek_09 paragonlostinspace Gadgets4G That’s because a MiM attack is kind of a broad brush stroke of an attack. Tons of ways to pull one off. But in it’s simplistic form it means that data being sent from Person A to Person B can get intercepted by Person C by either going through that person or by illicit means.

Wardriving is a good example of using a MiM.

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paragonlostinspace tanek_09 Gadgets4G More than what? I see people make statements like this, but very seldom see any details.  I am not saying you are wrong, just that so far I see no evidence that this is any more dangerous than 95% of everything else we do online.

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deekay_zero Samizdat     Which is why Steam isn’t a good thing to have on your system. Are they encrypting that information that gain from your system? Are they keeping it anonymized? What are they doing with that information? How susceptible is it to being used in a man in the middle attack?

 I didn’t care for MJ Guthrie’s post below which isn’t addressing what many of us are concerned about. I felt she blew off the importance of what most of us are grumbling about. Being able to play on a private server dodges the point.

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PizzaDoh Samizdat  If you think that it’s only those who make use of Torrent and go to porn sites who are freaked out than you are being willfully ignorant.  No one should want software like this on their system, it too easily enables man in the middle attacks. I spend thousands of dollars online every year, I want my data safe and not being mined or used to screw up my credit.

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paragonlostinspace

tanek_09 Gadgets4G These sort of tools are more susceptible to man in the middle attacks. No thank you.

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Gadgets4G Then the question becomes…what isn’t?

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The question is not “do they?” It’s, could they? Perhaps Battle eye is safe and pure. However it is subject to the human foibles of its creators and thus suspect.

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Celestial windows 10 reports less information anonymously than every single modern game does single player or online. which you’re not really guaranteed that level of anonymity in game telemetry reporting that windows 10 features.

(or for that matter on your phone – yep your phone dials home to apple and google far more information less anonymously than windows does. and do you use anything google? guess what? :D do you use any apple computers or devices? guess what?)

which is why the shill techblogger agitatation on win10 is amusing. well beyond their usual naked bias and conflicts of interest.

deekay_zero
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Samizdat steam hardware suvery also reports every single application you have installed on your pc.

want to see what percentage of steam players use a torrent app and which one they prefer? steam can tell you that!

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PizzaDoh Karl_Hungus Cartap 
Google can take satellite images of my house all they want. They don’t know what I’m doing inside. And the only thing my ISP provider knows that I do is use Tor browser. You think it’s paranoia because you’re probably from the generation that thinks nothing of broadcasting their personal shit all over social media, etc. I’m from the generation that believes what you do in the privacy of your own home should remain private, and that includes accessing the internet. You keep thinking there’s nothing you can do about it except unplug, but you’re wrong.