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  1. #1

    Random friend requests

    Last week or early this week I got a random friends request from someone I didn't know or recognize. I asked people in TS if any of them knew the person and nobody did. Next stop was bf4db to see if I recognized any of their previous names (it lists your old names if you are one of those people that changes your name), no luck. I wound up declining the invite as I had no idea who they were and already have a full friends list.

    Today I was looking at the battlelog forum and someone posted about getting a random friend request recently, so I shared my experience. Sure enough, as I'm reading some additional posts in the thread, I get an invite from someone named hah Speak of the devil, I just got an invite from someone named abc1947000277.

    Turns out it was the same random person that sent an invite to the person that started the thread, and someone else posted that they just declined an invite from the same name.

    I'm no 1337 h4x0r or anything, but short of clicking on a link they send you, I don't know how they could get any access to your account through being friends. Just figured I'd give you all a heads up since I remember there was some similar instance before where people on your friends list would send you messages through Origin but it wasn't actually the person you were friends with.

    Thread (if bored/interested): http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4...0494214816874/

  2. #2
    My guess: someone is playing with the Battlelog backend and trying how far he can get with automatic scripts. Back in BF3 i built a website that tracked the online status of DICE developers and let you join the server they were playing on.
    Scraping battle reports, platoons and servers is rather trivial all you need is the developer tools available in every browser and a bit of time. Once you've figured out a players id and the url to send friend requests you are good to go.

    This should be against EAs TOS and will get them banned if enough players complain, that's why they use a fresh profile with rank 0.

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by furydivine View Post
    My guess: someone is playing with the Battlelog backend and trying how far he can get with automatic scripts. Back in BF3 i built a website that tracked the online status of DICE developers and let you join the server they were playing on.
    Scraping battle reports, platoons and servers is rather trivial all you need is the developer tools available in every browser and a bit of time. Once you've figured out a players id and the url to send friend requests you are good to go.

    This should be against EAs TOS and will get them banned if enough players complain, that's why they use a fresh profile with rank 0.
    Oh **** - you built that developer tracker page? I remember that! Was it this one - https://stalkdice.ep.io/

  4. #4
    No, http://furydivine.net/hunt-dice (defunct now). https://stalkdice.ep.io/ was lagging about 15 min while mine was at worst ~ 30 sec behind and we had a plugin for BetterBattlelog so that DICE developers were shown in your friendslist.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by furydivine View Post
    No, http://furydivine.net/hunt-dice (defunct now). https://stalkdice.ep.io/ was lagging about 15 min while mine was at worst ~ 30 sec behind and we had a plugin for BetterBattlelog so that DICE developers were shown in your friendslist.
    hah nice! Wish I would've known about either of those.

  6. #6
    Were the friends propositioning you again?

  7. #7
    GreaterLeviathan, do you know him? And is he affiliated with other people you know through this tournament?

    Just figured I'd give you all a heads up since I remember there was some similar instance before where people on your friends list would send you messages through Origin but it wasn't actually the person you were friends with.
    This was happening because the person that was sending the msg had clicked on the link from someone else and infected their computer. It was malware on their computer sending the msgs out to others without that person realizing it. It was and still is a very organized hack going on. They've now created bots which are linking the messages throughout websites like twitch.tv.

    Clicking on links these days is risky business. Keeping all your browsers plugins updated is a must, and making sure you are properly secured with active antivirus with safe-browsing when visiting websites is also.
    Last edited by LunaTiK; 09-08-2015 at 04:21 AM.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by LunaTiK View Post
    GreaterLeviathan, do you know him? And is he affiliated with other people you know through this tournament?
    I don't know him really but I've seen him post a number of times on the blog forums, so I know he isn't a bot or something.

 

 

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