It has come to light that Team ARG’s website may have come into the ownership of malicious actors.
Consequently, I am recommending that people do not visit their website through any means, which includes scanning the QR code that they embedded into a currently unknown (but probably significant) number of their games.
It is currently unclear how serious this issue may be, but I am treating it as serious until proven otherwise.
If you have the means to do so, please inform others of the situation so they are aware.
Just over 3 months later and this is precisely what I’ve just finished doing.
6 years worth of ‘team-arg’ links removed or replaced manually by your (least?) favourite skeleton.
(An hour of my life and an ounce of my ever-dwindling sanity I’ll never get back. :P)
(I feel like there probably would have been a better way through direct manipulation of the forum database, but I don’t have access to that and my SQL is rusty anyway.)
If anyone sees any I’ve missed, just flag it up and one of us moderators should handle it as soon as we’re available to do so.
(Apologies to anyone who gets a notification about their posts being edited, but it had to be done.)
Was having a read of this thread. I noticed the site was down too upon visiting using the QR code when I tried one of their games. Though it takes me to some redirect URL that shows me aparently some BBC news, rather than some malicious calendar entries.
I just popped in to point out that Blinky above mentions their site which is the same as the one the QR code took me, not sure if you’d want to remove that as well?
The unfortunate part about htis is that the FX is being sold with these games and so potentially malicious QR codes pre-programed onto it. I’m still new to the system so not sure if this is a thing, but are firmware updates an optioin for the FX? Would it be possible to patch out the QR codes from those specific games and also make sure they aren’t there in future units?
Easier said than done when you consider how many games they made and how many copies are floating around out there.
At best we could get it taken out of the museum copies and the versions uploaded to the forum, but that’s still a lot of work to do, especially when it’s likely that the task would fall to a very small number of people.
It’s not the firmware, it’s just the data on the flash chip.
Overwriting that data is precisely how people load new batches of games onto the chip.
The problem is that the data is already on the chips and most have probably already been shipped off to retailers so they can’t be easily recalled or corrected.
Games already being on the chips when people buy them was supposed to be one of the selling points, so trying to get people to redownload a batch of games before playing them isn’t going to look very good, and it’s probably a losing battle anyway.
It would be possible assuming there are units that haven’t been shipped out yet, but once again it’s a fair bit of effort and that’s only part of the battle.
At the moment our best weapon is probably word of mouth really.
Sorry, I’m probably using the wrong terminology. I’ve just had systems in the past that firmware updates allow for bug changes in specific games, but I guess this is different. Still a bit new to how it all works myself.
I was mostly just thinking of future devices that haven’t been manufactured yet.