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BF3 hackers ban innocent players, EA investigating

Publishers advised the affected to play on non-Punk Buster servers

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.

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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."

[ SOURCE: Kotaku ]

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