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The Case of Zeny

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Hello everyone,

We have some news to report, a transparency report.

Background:

We noticed a huge influx of zeny in the server, we started to investigate about it. When we were searching, we found out that 1B and 100M coins were in abundance, this shouldn't be the case. The coins we found were 1000x more than the usual, which ofcourse, caused the market to raise price.

What Happened Next?

We found the source and the system that was used for exploitation, Server wasn't hacked, neither ANY GM helped the source. The system that was introduced way back(Rebirth Era) had a fault which helped to generate large number of coins infinitely.

Source was none other than "Zvellhaj", being a high donor and always asking if he could help us with anything. But this time, he has shown his real face, exploiting the system for 1 week and not even reporting it once, thus stating how he was an immature self-centered entitled kid.

What should be done?

We had 2 options for these inflation and illegal source of zeny to end:

1. Rollback the server one week back

2. Manually trace each transactions from a week to now.

We decided not to rollback the server, so do not worry about it. We traced transactions and reversed wherever possible.

Verdict:

The exploit was actively used from a week and we asked him indirectly about it, he did confess about using it, but on asking about why he haven't reported it, comes an usual reply from offenders: "It was week ago, I forgot to report, was just for testing".

We do not know if system was abused previously as well to gain high amount of zeny, it was recently when he took zeny in large when he was caught. Everyone will be treated the same on breaking the rules, so All accounts owned by him are BANNED.

We offered him a chance to play using new account if he wished to(as we say to everyone else), but being an entitled kid he is, he blackmailed us with money (we don't care about it), Zvellhaj accounts will be forever banned and not be applicable for amnesty.

 

Moral of the story:

Everyone's helpful except when they find exploit and use it for personal gain.

 

Update November 2020:

We have noticed hundreds of trades between Zvel and Mae (free trades, gained from exploit), which resulted in ban of Mae Account as well.

Zvel account is banned and will not be recovered at any cost due to fact of abusing exploit and using it for personal gain and ruining server economy too hard.

 

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