In one case, someone has, apparently, been cracking into the Hot 30 room list and manipulating the Favorite numbers - clearing the Favorite numbers of the top rooms to zero, zilch, nil, nada. Obviously, this has ticked people off. Many of the top Hot 30 rooms are now locked.
The second more insidious instance of whispered hacking can potentially affect more people. There's much talk about a Pico who is hacking rooms and accounts. Rumor has it that the person has the ability to somehow steal the Decor items set out in your room by simply entering your room. Scary, isn't it? It's also been said that the person can steal your clothing items by getting close to your Pico character.
How much if this is true and how much isn't, we are unsure, but we hope that you stay safe.
Over on her blog, Coffee Toffee suspects she knows who the hacker may be. Wanna know? Read more »
To keep yourself form being hacked, Coffee Toffee suggests that you:
- Lock your room
- Wear your newb Pico clothes that you wore when you first entered Pico
- Do not tell anyone your email or password for your Pico account login
We've also heard some speculation (from Ora18) that the March 10 server maintenance will bump up security so that this type of hacking can no longer happen ... and possibly to sniff out hacking activity to reveal and ban the hacker.
What's fact and what's fiction? We don't know. But sacrificing a couple hours worth of props and getting back to clothing basics is no skin off your nose, as they say.
Ultimately, if you have 100% proof of this hacker or any other hacker - for example, the person directly tells you that they are the hacker and how they are doing it - report them to the Ameba Pico administrators using this handy form.
The Picostyle Team
This has been cross-posted with permission at Pico Perfect.