Last week we had maybe a world premiere in Bucharest : the first Level 8 farm built by GPS spoofers!!
148 level 8 portals built in one day!
Yes, we know the accounts are fake-ing their GPS location, we have been playing for 16 months already and we know how to pinpoint a spoofer.
Romania has a long history of GPS-spoofing issues:
- January 2013 - the first GPS spoofer is identified and shut down by Nia (it took, 2 (TWO!) days only)
- mid 2013 - the first hard-core GPS spoofer is acting in Bucharest; crysnet was shut down by NIA after 6 months
- mid 2013 - more than 5 spoofing accounts acting in Bucharest as a response to the above player; 3 of them were shut down by +NIA Ops
after 4 months; 2 still active
- end of 2013 / beginning 2014 - more than 8 (8!) GPS spoofing accounts are acting wildly and daily, around the clock, in Bucharest; here they are : Fakyr, Oracolul, Mioara, Aquatine, inbus, Alumigus, FrogBuster and agent_247964 - temporary name agent (there could be more, but we are 150% sure of these ones)
We have notified this situation through all possible channels: reporting, public posts, emails. See below a partial list of our efforts.
As the situation is getting worse and worse, and this could happen in any country very soon (Bulgaria - was stormed by spoofers last week, the situation in China is well-known etc), I decided to downgrade
Ingress in Play.
I invited all our local agents to do the same: rating Ingress with a maximum of 2 stars in Play. And explain properly why.
I like the game, my faction is still dominating Bucharest (we win every cycle, we build fields over Bucharest each couple of days), but this is not the game we want to play. We want to meet real players on the streets and socialize, no matter the faction.
This is the most appropriate action to have our voice heard. I invite you to do the same: rate +Ingress
with a maximum of 2 stars. The rating could be improved immediately, as soon as +NIA Ops
proves it has implemented effective and long-term measures.+John Hanke +Brandon Badger +Joe Philley +Brian Rose
List of old posts on the same subject:https://plus.google.com/110622098561354224925/posts/RrqzzaMjApahttps://plus.google.com/115543460448163430125/posts/5k9jmCqvCrphttps://plus.google.com/117174839395961766763/posts/SrBMkoVo4Lg