The FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Web App was taken down almost as quickly as it went up on Tuesday night causing a lot of tension across the FIFA community that had been itching to start building their new FIFA 13 Ultimate Teams and sparked a number of questions as to why the Ultimate Team web app was not working.
Initial rumours spread about the load testing of the servers but news eventually emerged that a small minority of people had found an exploit in the web app.
EASPORTSFIFA’s official line on Twitter was:
“Yesterday, a very small number of users attempted to gain an unfair advantage on the FUT web app,”
“The #FUT13 Web App had to be taken offline to be stabilized and ensure a level playing field for all FUT users.”
The exploit apparently involved using the Firefox’s Tamper Data add-on to gain access to tonnes of restricted packs of Ultimate Team player cards.
Capcha security has been added to the log in screen to prevent the “bots” accessing the servers.
These players were then sold on the Ultimate Team market place at low prices bagging the exploiters a huge amount of Ultimate Team coins.
Yesterday Unique Riggers tweeted a picture of someone that had made 900,000 Ultimate Team coins overnight.
This then flooding the market with ridiculously low priced top players like Messi and Ronaldo making a mockery of the FIFA 13 Web App marketplace.
EA have gone on to say that it will permanently ban anyone that attempted the exploit.
“Permanent bans for FIFA 13 FUT have been served to all users who attempted to gain an unfair advantage. Thanks for your patience while we create the best experience for all fans of FUT.”
The FIFA community is concerned however that if the bans are by e-mail account only there’s nothing to stop these dishonest users making another e-mail account and coming straight back on.
There’s also concern about the damage already done to the Ultimate Team market and calls to roll the Ultimate Team servers back to a point before the hacks took place.
Questions of security are also being asked as this Ultimate Team Web App hack was apparently around at the start of FIFA 12.
Like the FIFA 11 and FIFA 12 Virtual Pro hacks, once again a small minority of selfish cheats have tried to ruin the enjoyment of everyone else.
How would you deal with hackers in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team?