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Posted 2006-12-20 by Tony Walsh
‘Second Life’ Millionaire Interview Penis-Bombed
A virtual-world interview with Anshe Chung, Second Life's best-known real-estate magnate and self-proclaimed millionaire, was marred this week by swarms of wriggling penises. According to interviewer Daniel Terdiman (and corroborated by Something Awful's Chris "Petey" Peterson), Chung's interview on Monday was disrupted for 15 minutes, prompting a retreat to Chung's own land, where the attack reportedly continued, crashing the hosting virtual-world server for that specific region.

It is not only possible, but easy to execute such an attack using the built-in user-creation tools provided by the Second Life platform. If caught, attackers (also known as "griefers") are usually banned from using the service by Linden Lab, the owner/operator of the virtual world. It is currently nigh-impossible to reliably prevent such attacks from occurring, and it also seems to be very difficult to quickly stop in-progress attacks, thus anonymous griefers operating through disposable user-accounts have very little to lose but everything to gain. Event-planners, however, aren't so lucky. A couple of weeks ago, the recent in-world launch of the TV series Big Brother was attacked by griefers, another example of a high-profile event under siege. If any good can come out of stunts like this, it's that Linden Lab will be pressured to provide more robust security features or risk its virtual world being perceived as hostile to mainstream business efforts.
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Comment posted by Prokofy Neva
December 20, 2006 @ 8:07 pm
Yeah, small wonder that Petey can corroborate it, because he's related to the person who perpetrated -- Plastic Duck on a new alt. Something Awful/W-
Hat does it again AND gets the press to cover it, giving them more mileage.
Comment posted by Gary Hayes
December 20, 2006 @ 9:17 pm
Two comments not showing up? Ah Tony must have blocked me for some reason?
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 20, 2006 @ 9:40 pm
Gary, don't be silly, I wouldn't block you. Email me the error messages or other issues you are experiencing so I can help you. tony at secretlair dot com.
Comment posted by Prokofy Neva
December 20, 2006 @ 10:32 pm
Tony, are you aware that your trackbacks and linking even through the URLs just aren't working. I keep trying to link stories or use trackbacks and it won't work.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 21, 2006 @ 12:22 am
I'm not sure that's the case, Prok. I was getting spam trackbacks from a variety of sources as late as December 14. It could be that trackbacks aren't working for you, although I whitelisted your domain a while back. If you can be specific about what sorts of issues you are having, I can try to work the problem out. For example, where are you sending a trackback from, what do you mean by "trying to link stories," and what error messages or other feedback are you getting? Please email me the details if you have them, thanks.
Comment posted by MrFrans
December 21, 2006 @ 6:48 am
I don't understand why they just don't turn object creation off when doing such events.
Comment posted by Ace Albion
December 21, 2006 @ 7:49 am
I'm guessing cnet journalists don't understand the way SL land settings work. Or don't have any rights on the land to fix it.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 21, 2006 @ 10:48 am
Is it possible the objects were created in a nearby Sim? Based on the video it seems like they were flying in from outside the room.
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