View Full Version : Univited visitors to our game server after HL shut down

02-20-2006, 06:05 AM
The Danger Dogz and the Hellhounds were flying coops yesterday on my private server when three uninvited visitors dropped in. They were polite and seemed to know what they were doing so I let them stay and fly with us for a while. They told us that Hyperlobby was down and they found my server with something called The All Seeing Eye.

Our group found this all a bit unsettling although we know that had we been using a passsword for the game server the visitors would not have been able to access our game.

I assume there is some risk in letting someone in to your server that you don't know. Could they have done damage?

02-20-2006, 06:16 AM
Whenever you host a game it puts out a "heartbeat" on the web.Game browsers like All Seeing Eye,X-fire and Gamespy Arcade all pick this up and list your game in their server list.HyperLobby does not do this so only games started there show up there.But games started there also show on these other game browsers.

I do not think that they can do any damage except be a disruptive influence.

02-20-2006, 06:17 AM
The danger is no different than if they were not connected to someones server.

If they have your IP and the right software, they can scan your ports to see if there is any trojan horses installed on your machine.
That's assuming they are not nice people http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

But everyone has this problem 24/7 aslong as your internet connection is on.. the only difference is, if you have a firewall then anyone will know you have port 21000 forwarded so you can host.

Port fowarding opens yourself to attacks, but the danger is still minimal. Just don't be an a$$ on interweb forums http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

02-20-2006, 06:29 AM
Passwording your server will provide no protection. There is a way to "disable" the heartbeat so that AllSeeingEye and Gamespy can't see your session, but I'd not bother if you're hosting through a router and have a decent software firewall running.

02-20-2006, 06:49 AM
If you're still interested: http://hyperfighter.sk/modules.php?name=Forums&file=vie...order=asc&highlight= (http://hyperfighter.sk/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1062&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=)

Alternate method if you have a firewall that allows blocking traffic by URL, block traffic outgoing to the URL shown in that solution.

02-20-2006, 07:24 AM
Thanks Gents.

That makes me feel a bit better. Have a good router firewall and Sygate installed plus Norton AV.

02-20-2006, 07:40 AM
Thanks Tully. My router does have an URL blocking option so I will try that route.

02-20-2006, 07:49 AM
Of course Jim! They might fly a whole lot better than your lads. Darn show-offs! Beware of them. That's why we fly by ourselves mate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif


P.S. We'll have to fly again maybe in March. I'll contact you and Quazi.

02-20-2006, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by AustinPowers_:
Just don't be an a$$ on interweb forums http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Sounds like you speak from experience, Megil- I mean.. Austin. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

02-20-2006, 08:44 AM
Rogr that Tactical.

02-20-2006, 08:46 AM
Tully sir.

I can't seem to find a URL to block in that thread you referred to.

02-20-2006, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by blairgowrie:
Tully sir.

I can't seem to find a URL to block in that thread you referred to.

Block outgoing traffic.

02-20-2006, 09:30 AM
Each time ANYONE connects to the internet they give out their IP, anyone can use this to hack your comp if they really wanted, but do they have any reason too?

Are you a bank? a credit card company? or have you done something in the past to upset them?

If no to all of these then its very very unlikely anyone will take a long time to hack you to find out your windows reg number! (of which there are countless keygens on the net anyway)

Just dont store your CC number or bank account pin number on your comp.

02-20-2006, 10:16 AM
info on host file that you can use to block acess to your pc


02-20-2006, 02:00 PM
Originally posted by AustinPowers_:
Just don't be an a$$ on interweb forums http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

So how many times you been Hax0rd? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif