Star Citizen: 80$ Million Dollar Leaky Faucet
Star Citizen is the largest crowd-funded game currently in development, brought to you by Chris Roberts of Wing Commander fame(and Strike Commander infamy). Over the weekend one of the developers posted a screen shot of the newest module on Twitter. In the background was a visible HTTPS URL.
I think you can see where this is going.
Apparently said URL lead to a torrent file that contained 40GB of internal assets. I guess everyone at CIG missed the Security 101 bits about authentication and authorization. At least the transport was encrypted, right?
Now off I go to change a password!
It's fitting that
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Star Citizen is the largest crowd-funded game currently in development
Interesting weasel words. It's almost like you crafted them explicitly to exclude Broken Age, Yooka-Laylee, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
In the background was a visible HTTPS URL.I wish I was a big game dev so I could do that. But make it be a 10 GB file encrypted with some reasonably light encryption. And have it be "Never Gonna Give You Up" or something looped 100x.
You do realize Star Citizen original started its funding campaign through the CIG website, not via Kickstarter? Now we could debate when did it turn from crowd-funding to whale-harpooning, but Star Citizen still raised more than any of those other projects to date via crowdfunding.
Star Citizen is the largest crowd-funded game currently in development,
I still think it's some kind of weird pyramid scheme. Considering how much money has flown around and how little game we've seen.
I heard about this leak, but I foolishly assumed it involved, you know, hacking. I didn't realize some moron just posted the file for everybody to see, sheesh.
Apparently said URL lead to a torrent file that contained 40GB of internal assets
A torrent file? They keep their assets under torrents?
Either it's a controlled leak, or they're batshit insane and probably unable to get up from beds, let alone make a game.
I'll be the first to raise my hand to be publicly shamed if Star Citizen actually delivers on any of its promises.
As it stands, it's either one of two things:
A massive abuse of faking donations in order to drive investor money,
A huge fucking scam.
Could be either of those. I doubt the game will ever deliver on anything it promised. I also have huge doubts on the validity of most of the cash money they say they've gathered over all these years.
Maybe it's some sort of viral marketing.
Impossible. They were using HTTPS, that means they were perfectly secure. And if you say otherwise you're a NSA sympathizer.