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Exploiting Online Games: Cheating Massively Distributed Systems by Gary McGraw, Greg Hoglund

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Chapter 10. Software Security Über Alles

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What exactly are we trying to accomplish with this book anyway? Our primary goal is to understand the security implications of massively distributed software systems that have millions of users. We think MMORPGs—one small sliver of massively distributed systems—are a harbinger of things to come in the rest of the software world. In other words, online games are the systems of the future, today. They are widely used by so many people simultaneously that state is pushed around like sand on a beach. As many security engineers know, securing a distributed system is hard . . . and building a secure distributed ...

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