I realize this situation has brought up a number of questions for people, we would like to clarify some things:Just to be absolutely clear…
WOTC conducted a full, independent investigation into several versions of this bot. The backdoor referred to is NOT a function used to retrieve commission going to the engine_82 account as the bot programmer is now claiming-- it was an “autotransfer” feature intended to set all cards in a collection as tradable to specific accounts all owned by the bot creator. The bot owner admitted to us that he used this feature to empty accounts without permission. Additionally, the bot has code that will capture and send password data to the bot owner. There are several different versions of the bot, some of which may not contain the malicious code. I use the CBSbot and it’s never hurt me, how do I know it’s bad?
This is a judgment you will have to make on your own. Some things to consider in this decision are: the code in this bot can obtain your passwords. These passwords could be used to attempt to compromise non-Magic Online related accounts. In addition, should you choose to run a bot, and incur losses because of it there is no way to recover your lost items. Is my bot safe?
We cannot comment on the security of bot programs. Whenever you use a third party application programmed by someone else, you are taking a risk. We strongly caution against using applications coded by third parties, as they may contain malicious code. Why should I change my Paypal/Ebay/etc passwords?
Many people use similar usernames passwords in different accounts. If you are a user of the CBSbot and have done this, we recommend that you change all of your passwords to avoid having other accounts compromised.I have the CBS bot on my system, what should I do?
Delete it from your system. If you feel you have been compromised, use our “report suspicious activity link” at http://wizards.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wiz … faqid=1236 I want to continue to run the CBSbot
As with any third party program, you run this at your own risk. We are not responsible for any lost or damage incurred as a result of third party applications run in conjunction with Magic Online. I traded with the CBSbot, am I at risk?
We do not believe so at this time. It appears this malware only impacted people running the CBSbot on their accounts.