Old School RuneScape boots employee for in-game cheating, police are involved

    
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Jagex has apparently fired a member of the Old School RuneScape mod team for “gross misuse of moderator privileges.”

“During our rigorous routine system checks, irregular activity was identified on small number of accounts, including the movement of wealth and items back into the live game,” the studio announced today. “Following our investigation, we were able to resolve the issue before any significant impact was made to the wider game, or economy. We have also taken steps to return items and GP to any affected accounts. Whilst we generally do not return items or gold, we feel that given this unusual situation, we wanted to ensure no players lost out to the rogue actions of a member of staff.”

The company also says it is “actively working with the Police regarding the incident” but can’t provide details because it’s an “ongoing legal matter.” That information also seems to include which mod it was, though Reddit is assuming it’s a Jagex staffer who’s long been suspected (by players) of shady dealings and whose Twitter account was recently suspended.

Source: Official site, Reddit. Thanks, Jayden!
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Robert Mann

Hey, if people want to be really stupid and cause harm to others, even through something as ‘minor’ as in a game (beyond the basic agreed rulesets) I’m all for them facing legal trouble. More power to Jagex on this.

*I’m guessing it’s more based on things like identity theft charges for stealing accounts with personal identifying information… but I can dream of some actual justice for those harmed in the admittedly more minor way, right?!?*

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Pingly

I have met people in my life that just HAVE to have a scam running. It seems like so much work. Just go home and relax.

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angrakhan

Just out of curiosity how does one passively work with the police? I guess it’s kinda like “active shooter”… what’s a passive or inactive shooter? Redundancy FTW!

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Robert Mann

You give them info and step back. Actively means you investigate and share information on an ongoing basis.

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Schmidt.Capela

So, if the Reddit thread got it right, the mod was leaking players’ personal information, including account recovery information, to third parties (supposedly members of his guild, which has an in-game reputation similar to that of the Goons in EVE). With that information and guidance by the rogue mod about the account recovery process those third parties would then use VPNs to recover the account, sell in-game currency, and often also destroy high-end items either out of spite or to weaken the competition.

(Do keep in mind that the above is, at this point in time, pure speculation, even if it seems to be the collective understanding in the Old School Runescape subreddit.)

This is even worse than it sounds because Jagex usually doesn’t refund gold or items lost to account hacking.

Meanwhile, the mod — and a big part of the community — kept saying that those that were “hacked” must have either used weak passwords for their EMails or otherwise done something that made their computers and personal information vulnerable.

Players on that Reddit thread identified at least $50K worth of gold recently refunded by Jagex, with the possibility of a lot more having been refunded; Jagex isn’t providing exact numbers, so the community only knows the number for players that publicly posted about their refunds.

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kgptzac

It’s kinda interesting how all this led to Twitter banning this guy’s account.

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silverlock

Seems unlikely that the twitter ban is directly related to that indecent. If I where to take a guess for one reason or another this guys life is falling apart.