A group of hackers who don't particularly like the PC anti-cheat service Punk Buster have launched an attack on Battlefield 3 players to make their point.
Innocent players are logging on to find themselves banned from Punk Buster servers, being kicked from play and receiving error messages.
Hackers on the site Artificial Aiming have declared: "We are bringing back the unerring of punkbuster back for a 3rd season. We have selected ggc-stream as the target since they have the most streaming bf3 servers and makes it very easy to add fake bans,"
"In 2011 we hit them with a mass ban wave and now were are banning real players from battlelog while ggc-stream is totally unaware. We have framed 150+ bf3 players alone," they add, before receiving universal praise from other forum members on the site.
EA has issued a statement with a workaround for those affected: "We are aware that some Battlefield 3 players are experiencing connection issues with PunkBuster enabled servers. This problem is limited to a small subset of players on PC and will not impact players on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
"We are actively looking into the specifics of this issue and we are confident that we will have a permanent solution in place shortly. In the meantime, if a player's connectivity has been affected, we recommend that in the interim they join servers that are not running PunkBuster. There is a filter setting for this in the multiplayer server browser."