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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:49 am 
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Hi!

A question that has been asked is about the security of Rising Empires, mentioning examples from other games which had been hacked and where players cheated to gain extra armies and whatever. Due to this I thought I would take up this subject here and discuss the possibilities of hacking Rising Empires. This is simple because there is no way a player can hack into the Rising Empires world. It's impossible!

Let me explain why and how Rising Empires differs from MMORTS in this regard. A MMORTS, for example, runs a constant world on a server which players access when they connect to their position and play the game. Rising Empires, which is a MMTBS, does not need to be online and for that reason we store the world on a local device (or devices, in this case). That means the Rising Empires world is not accessable from the internet. The only thing the player can access is his own 'turn data'-file and even if he hacks this file the only data in it is the one his empire has access to.

Also, even if the player has managed to hack the order files sent to the server we run multiple checks on them when we download them. If the file contains anything but the orders for his empire it won't be executed. And when we process the orders we run the same checks as we do in the app to make sure that it's valid orders that the Empire should be able to execute.

For these reasons we feel secure in our knowledge that the Rising Empires world isn't possible to hack into. Having said that, there is probably some other way the ingenious cheater can try, but whatever he does it will not give his empire any additional population or gold. Unless he breaks into our office without us finding out...

We hope this will help ease the mind of our future players.

Thank you,

Peter

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