Group Makes Claims of Hacking and Banning Innocent Battlefield 3 Players
The group of game-hacking site Artificial Aiming can't stand the anti-cheat service Punkbuster. The team is claiming actions of framing innocent BF3 users by banning them out of nowhere in defiance of the PC's Punkbuster service in order to show their disdain for it. The hackers are targeting users on servers tied to the cheat-detecting service due to the fact that servers using the service makes it easy to make massive waves of fake bans. In 2011, they hit player with a massive ban wave that took in around 150+ players. Which lead to chaos on various forms of communication. Reddit and Battlefield forums are flooded with complaints of bogus banned.
An EA spokesperson released a statement they are looking into the matter. Fortunately, this only affects PC users as Punkbuster isn't integrated onto the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 version of Battlefield 3. While PC gamers can worry a bit less as EA has released this statement:
"We are aware that some Battlefield 3 players are experiencing connection issues with PunkBuster enabled servers. This problem is limited to a small subset of players on PC and will not impact players on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. We are actively looking into the specifics of this issue and we are confident that we will have a permanent solution in place shortly. In the meantime, if a player's connectivity has been affected, we recommend that in the interim they join servers that are not running PunkBuster. There is a filter setting for this in the multiplayer server browser."
So if you're on the PC version of Battlefield 3, just make sure the multiplayer server you are going on doesn't have Punkbuster at this time until EA settles everything down.