Zango And iBot Make Strange Bedfellows

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Runescape. I've never played it, but thanks to the handy Wikipedia article I can tell you that:

"RuneScape is a Java-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game operated by Jagex Ltd. Recognised by Guiness World Records as the world's most popular free MMORPG, RuneScape has approximately fifteen million active free accounts and is a graphical browser-based game with a large degree of 3D rendering."

The Runescape creators don't like Bots very much. In fact, a thriving underworld of botting, cheating and leet haxing exists with a wealth of program sharing and information sharing taking place. Along with Habbo Hotel, it's where a lot of wannabe Phishers cut their teeth. With that in mind, I thought we should take a look at the following website


Here's a sample screenshot. Funky advert for powerlevelling aside, check out the text beneath it:

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"iBot Lite is the BEST Free RuneScape Bot around. We offer it for free, or you can suscribe to the paid version(which has more features). However, if you just would like to automine, autofight, etc. on RuneScape, then you can try out the FREE iBot Lite Version. If you want more features, and want to run more bots, and make MORE money, then please consider purchasing iBot Pro. This is the BEST RuneScape Bot EVER released for FREE! As well as the best PAID RuneScape Bot EVER!"

That sounds like all sorts of wrongness. Sure enough, visit the forum and you're presented with a wide array of downloads. One in particular, for a program called iBot / neXus, caught my eye.


Note that they claim more than eighteen thousand downloads - this will be important in a few moments.

What happened next is a bit of a first for me - a Zango installer prompt, launched from a forum instead of a regular website. Even better (or worse), check out the text on the Zango popup:

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I'm pretty sure it can't be a good thing to have "Click start to download your Runescape hack" and "& see our new glitch to get past 3k limit" on one of your installers.

The site has been around since 2006, but because Internet Archive hasn't save any of the installer pages there's no way to know how many of those 18,000+ downloaders installed Zango to get their hands on the missing Bot program, though we do know they've been on there since at least February of this year.

Wait, did I just say "missing"? Yep, because in a humorous twist, it seems the site owners want you to download Zango and then give you a missing download.


Really guys, how are these sites getting through quality control?

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