Today the CSM 7 Delegate Darius III broke the following news in the forums:
This is a public service announcement from the office of Darius III. When I ran for office I only ever made three promises:
Term 1- I promised to suicide gank someone at leats once a week-A promise I kept.
Term1- I promised to keep the reason that the CCP was designed for in the first place-as a check to CCP cheating- relevant; and do my best to never forget WHY we have a CSM.
Term2- To advocate an arena system.
Promise #2 from term 1 is what this public service announcement relates to. I am doing this because I believe that the players have a right to know certain things, and when I discovered that the information I am sharing was no longer covered by the NDA-I took action.
I will likely be banned from Eve for at least a short while as CCP investigates the matter. I can live with this. If I am perma banned-I would like to tell all the players I had interaction with how much fun I had and that the friendships I made in game will forever brighten my thoughts. Eve is a great game-the best game in the history of mankind with some of the brightest minds of generations playing it.
In mid 2012 I was contacted by a leader of one of the largest alliances in the game and he asked me if it was true that CCP was intercepting player communications.
Indeed that was true-CCP intercepted player communications.
This is the only knowledge that I can share with you without breaking the NDA. I apologize that I cannot give more information, but if I did-I would be breaking the NDA. That is something I will never do. I will likely be banned anyway for breaking the NDA but once they investigate-they will find that I did NOT break the NDA or the EULA.Not that that will prevent my banning-even if I followed the rules 100%
If I do not return, please know that my thoughts are with the many friends I met and I will always cherish the good times we had.
Best regards, D3
As far as I know, this goes beyond the “no big shit since CCP Games (the company) logs everything is written” argument. As much I can recall – and this is me speculating due to the date given by Darius III in his post – this allegation could be linked to an unconfirmed rumor going on during the SoCo war (mid 2012) where even private chat logs had been compromised by a CCP Games linked party. This arrived to me via the Red Orchestra (EN24 russian intel unit). Please notice this SoCo accusation was never confirmed by EN24.
Other than that I cannot imagine to which sort of misconduct Darius III is referring to.
From the replies to the thread, here is the most insightful one:
The term of “intercept” in the context of intelligence means to spy, or interfere/acquire data in an inappropriate manner. In other words, I’m guessing that some parties in a war were connected to some CCP entities and used that connection to acquire logs containing valuable intel.
Far as I’m concerned, given how large CCP is and how some members of CCP have their own interests, it wouldn’t be too far off-base, especially if there isn’t a thorough audit on a regular basis (which would be time-consuming and costly to conduct, thus enabling such misconduct to potentially fly under the radar).
So, whatever happens with this “bomb” by Darius, I’m sure that CCP is going to try to keep it under wraps. Again, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Misconduct has happened in the past, and it’ll happen again in the future. It’s just a matter of how it becomes public knowledge, and whether or not the players will react to it.
- Vin Hellsing
We’ll update this story as more intel arrives.