US Army vs. Cheaters

January 13th, 2005 by Crusader

Slashdot pointed out a (since-deleted) forum post at the America’s Army website where Executive Producer Phil DeLuca talks about their renewed anti-cheating iniative:

Some of you (and clearly the bad guys are among them) don’t always remember that this game, and all accounts and derivative products, are the property of the United States Army. When you tamper with the game, not only are you breaking the EULA you’re misusing Army property – and, worse, you’re misusing US Army computer programs and equipment.

Tampering with software and servers owned or used by the Army is cyber crime.

In the early 1940’s, Japan learned an important lesson – “let the sleeping giant lie.” We may not react swiftly, but when we do it’s with unstoppable force. The Army has partners that deal with cyber crime as a matter of course. These include not just various Army IT departments, but also the Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

It’s going to get uncomfortable for some of the bad guys, but you know what? They brought it on themselves. Knowing this anyone who continues to be bad is just plain foolish. Keep trying, though. Sooner or later the bad guy will realize we’ve known about him for a while… and by then it’s too late.

Allow me to speak directly to the bad guys for a moment: When you get banned, know that we know and have records showing you were doing something that’s a violation of terms of service, breaks your EULA, and also happens to be against the law. We know who you are, and can track down where you play from. We have incontrovertible proof you did something illegal. The Army is angry, and we’re coming for you.

America’s Army utilizes PunkBuster as its integrated cheating countermeasure; I wasn’t aware cheating was this prevalent in AA, but this post at Slashdot discusses the current situation for players.

21 Responses to “US Army vs. Cheaters”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Army asshole attitudes. It makes me want to try the game just to cheat it. :-)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Such things end up putting you in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison…

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I should stop hacking the game. Hopefully they don’t know what I know. Shit. That was pretty scary.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    United States != America

    “america” is a hebrew word that means “people”
    United States is “of” America, not the other way around — We are not United States, We are America; We are the people!

    We, the people, created United States; We, America, are not classified as either civilian or military; We are People, the Almighty God standing over United States; stakeholders that drove our claim into United States.

    The Alpha Troll will be visiting your servers… US Army. RtCW:ET has gained back some of it’s network by the plague that will arise to United States Army. Corporations don’t own property, living people own property.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Theabove story quotes a man that committs murder…daily.

    In this case, we have one baffled brutish man coercing others under his priorities to dictate software use policy to be held more effective than the law encompassed by the code. I hear bad programming is the cause for unstable software.

    Thus, I gift this nuclear device to USArmy. It has a button on it. In no way may you press this button to destroy the nuclear bomb. You can only look at it. ha……ha ha…In Soviet Russia.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    What a whiney obnoxious dickweed.

    That’s one fucker that has been dropped by skilled players one too many times.


    Seriously… get over it? I’ve never played AA, I don’t plan on ever playing it, but this just reeks of overkill.
    In the early 1940’s, Japan learned an important lesson – “let the sleeping giant lie.”
    [/i]So is this idiot advocating dropping the bomb on cheaters? Or… ?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I really enjoy the game. Thanks to Icculus for porting it. And I agree that cheating has become a serious issue with AA in the past month. You need to play on a heavily “moderated” server to have fun nowadays.

    That said, this gentleman’s comments are way out of line. If you start saying things like “cyber crime” for some obnoxious video game cheating, you make people wonder about this software. It is just a “game” isn’t it?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    is there a prison in the game where I can beat up prisoners and take photos?
    That would add to the realism of the game.

    Currently us prisoners have a gym, tv, library access, etc…
    If you get thrown in a us prison because of this crime do you still have the ability to get a linux rig with dsl if you behave good while doing your time.

    Free martha steward

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I’d like to say that I’m not surprised that the US Army would stoop so low to imply a gross misuse of the constitution just to punish a few deliquent in-game cheaters. That’s what the Patriot Act is there for isn’t it? — for the US Govermnment to do whatever they want to anyone they happen to see as enemies…

    This is utter trash. It’s a video game, GI Fuckweed — just because you want to use it as channel for military propaganda doesn’t mean the gamers will actually swallow it. And though I’m all against online cheaters, I don’t see why America’s constition, privacy laws, and federal departments should be made a mockery off just to send out the message that “cheating in our video game is bad”.

    “In the early 1940’s, Japan learned an important lesson – “let the sleeping giant lie.”

    –But apparently Vietnam and Iraq failed to teach the US Army anything about the folly of simply bullying people around with brute force.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    i am here in germany, and you have to tell me shit about what i have to do here, you fucking nazi.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    if this is the only way i can lead my country in war against fucking US, i will do it!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    “In the early 1940’s, Japan learned an important lesson – “let the sleeping giant lie.” ”

    I though the lesson they learned was ‘Dont fuck with America’s energy policy”.

    (FDR was warned about the oil embargo against Japan in a memo from the navy chief of war plans that “doing so would lead promptly to Japanese action against the Philippines, which would involve us in a Pacific War.”)

    On November 25, 1941, Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson wrote in his diary that the question of the hour was how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot. The next day, America demanded that Japan relinquish all conquests since 1937 as the price of lifting the embargo. To Tokyo, this was an ultimatum.

    “Sleeping giant” my arse.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Why do you people play this Israeli fascist nonsense? Intelligent people understand that America is ruled by Zionists and Israel are just using the US Army to do their dirty work. Where’s the glory in playing a game based on this evil?

    I wish Nazi Germany had won WW2, then we wouldn’t have to deal with this crap in our lives.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I will play and cheat AA in my hole. Dear Bush, come and get me if you can.

    O.bin Laden

  15. bobcat Says:

    I sympathize with the Army. I won’t shed a tear for the fudwads who go to jail for screwing up the Army recructment game.


    Because I’m sick to DEATH of every online game becoming unplayable due to asswipes ruining it for everybody. The Army wants to toss your cheating ass in jail? I say GOOD RIDDENCE.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    And I normally consider those who cheat in online games to be complete and utter dickwads, however after this display of idiotic chest-beating I’m seriously tempted to install the game and start searching for any hacks that I can find and cheat like there’s no tomorrow. I suspect a lot of other people are thinking something along the same lines.

  17. TheGreenKnight Says:

    Ignore this game and it’ll go away.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Shit I didn’t realize that there were so many stupid idiots who thinks it’s cool to hate America…

  19. Anonymous Says:

    “In the early 1940’s, Japan learned an important lesson – “let the sleeping giant lie.” We may not react swiftly, but when we do it’s with unstoppable force. ”

    Fucking hell, who says this shit? thats how you start wars.

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