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  ‘Second Life’ World Bombed, Restored  
Posted 2005-10-24 by Tony Walsh
The virtual world of Second Life was deliberately crashed yesterday in a spectacular physics-based attack involving millions (if not billions) of malicious 3D objects. The entire virtual-reality grid had to be restarted, a process that took about 3 hours, leaving Second Life residents bewildered, frustrated, and angry. Resident reports on the official Second Life Forums indicate that the attack involved overloading the virtual world's game engine with 3D spheres--one resident said that 5.4 billion objects were deployed. This is known in Second Life as a "bombing" attack, whereby resources are rapidly overwhelmed, resulting in Second Life's servers--each representing one or more land-masses--dropping offline. Yesterday's attack is likely the largest such bombing attack in Second Life's history. Such attacks are easily executed, and there are no hard-coded measures to prevent them from occurring. Punishment for last night's attack has, according to residents on the forums, been meted out in the form of a permanent ban.
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