While Bagehi already broke the news which had been making rounds in certain channels, here’s the official Somer.Blink statement:
Somer.Blink official Statement.
Two days ago, an individual used a security loophole to redirect a small percentage of people browsing to our site to a fishing site. This fishing site would copy down the Blink cookie of those who visited it. The security hole was plugged almost immediately, and no harm to the site or any accounts was managed.
We love running Blink, and the community around it, but the one real downside is “Gamblers Regret.” A few days before the shenanigans started, this person deposited 1.5b over the course of a day.
He lost a few and won a few, but was so caught up in the excitement that he kept exchanging all of his wins for more credit until the only thing he successfully cashed out was a Tengu. As in most cases of Gambler’s Regret, he chose to blame us for his decision to gamble that all away, and created an imposture corporation to try and scam deposits.
When that was removed by GMs, he even went so far as to break state and federal laws trying (and partially succeeding) to “hack” the site. Now that that security hole is plugged, he’s fishing for any other outlet that will join him in his outrage that he chose to send us isk and chose to gamble even his winnings away.
We’ve done our best to create a site that is fun, fair, and exciting to use – and for some people, they would rather try to scream and rage at and about us, instead of admitting that they chose to gamble more than they should have, or didn’t walk away from the table when they could have.
- Somerset Mahn
Further conversations with Somer.Blink’s admins made sure to dispell any doubts over their impartialness:
The cookies from the phishing site mentioned in the last mail were how he was able to get the password hash for that character. As to it being a “shill,” – that’s the claim most often leveled against anyone someone loses against. REDACTED did indeed try to register and play Blink with alts (as do many people – it’s very tempting to try and get an extra ticket on the hundreds of billions in ISK of promos per day during celebration events.) The alts were banned, as per our rules. The account’s blink account was left open, and has played normally since. He does appear to have a win percentage in the 30% range – but in that his normal gambling strategy looks to be purchasing 3-4 out of 8 tickets on the Blinks he plays, that’s not at all surprising.
Sometimes, a person (or group of people) wins several in a row because they buy a larger number of tickets to a specific blink. “Buying better odds” essentially.
Sometimes, a person wins several in a row just due to sheer blind luck.
But with over 1,968,392 prizes given away (not counting the 17,339 free promo giveaways), we’d need a a lot of alts to perpetuate a scam on the scale he’s suggesting. :p
And, as many others have pointed out over the months, every legitimately closed blink nets us a bit of profit. We’d be terminally stupid to rig the system in any way, as it would be the one sure-fire way to kill our business forever. After nearly two years in business (3 if you include Somer’s third party and lotto securing service before Blink), we’re much happier taking the long view.
We’ve always tried to be as transparent as we can about how the site works, so people can make their own decisions on playing. The code we use to get the number is cogdev.net/blink/roll_winner.php – As you can see, we draw it from random.org. You can find their real-time statistics at www.random.org/statistics/ and several peer-reviewed papers on the quality of their random-generator at www.random.org/media/
This particular person even badgered the random.org administrators until they confirmed we do use random.org, though he could have just checked our quota with their site at www.random.org/quota/?ip=+22.214.171.124
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