Reposting link to article (Jeff posted it above, but in case people miss it):
Vincent, on 10 April 2012 - 07:12 PM, said:
Billy, on 10 April 2012 - 05:29 PM, said:
This project is getting a lot more attention than I realized. I'm worried about how the reaction from this release will affect the project's future. Don't give up, S2HD team!
That front page headline is just plain terrorism and speculation.
I keep asking myself why it wasn't adequately tested before
by a coordinated programmer group (which already exposed what it is a DInput bug), as there's no evidence of data being uploaded to label S2HD as scam of the worst league.
Unfortunately for us the damage is done and misinformation keeps spreading. I'm hereby asking Sonic Retro to amend that headline as soon as possible.
The damage isn't that drastic as people make it out to be. Most blogs have already figured out that ScarredSun's clueless and it's a bug.
The only people making it bigger than it is, are the Sonic fans, and since you're chatting here, the problem seems huge/deadly.
1) Get LOst to remove the obfuscation and fix the DirectInput bug.
2) Write up an article citing incompetence (and malice) on part of SonicRetro's staff member, specifically ScarredSun.
Let me break her post down:
"Earlier today, I was contacted by a professional antivirus employee who was interested in why Sonic 2 HD consistently popped up as a threat by multiple antivirus software programs and did some investigation."
"Professional" - was never verified.
"His results showed that a keylogger is part of the Sonic 2 HD software."
A key logger that never wrote a log (or transmitted keys), but just interpreted input.
"After receiving this notification, we conducted our own independent tests"
She jumped the gun, and ignored the conclusion of SonicRetro's own technical community; that it was just an input bug.
"and found that there is indeed a keylogging program as part of the Sonic 2 HD alpha software."
Sensationalist wording; That's not what was found. No logging or transmission functionality was found.
Furthermore, she makes it sound as if S2HD installs a separate keylogging program (a payload). The line should be:
"...and found Sonic 2 HD alpha software monitors input when window is not in focus."
But obviously she didn't write it like that, cause that is going to expose the post for what it is.
Furthermore, people say she did a good thing for being cautious. Pfft! She ignored SonicRetro's own technical community.
This post has been edited by SANiK: 10 April 2012 - 09:07 PM