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article imageEA Says Facebook Scrabble Application Hacked

By Chris V. Thangham     Jul 30, 2008 in Internet
The case of Scrabulous vs. Scrabble seems to be spreading onto the Internet. Electronic Arts, the company that operates Scrabble on Facebook, said their application was maliciously hacked.
Facebook removed the Scrabulous game yesterday after a DMCA takedown notice was issued by Hasbro. Hasbro owns the game in the U.S. and Canada, and the game is made by Electronic Arts (EA).
According to reports, EA’s network servers were hacked and that led to the disappearance of its Facebook application yesterday. It's not yet clear if the hacker was a disgruntled Scrabulous fan.
Facebook users were irritated when the application was down, leaving harsh comments on EA’s Scrabble application page. Some fans of Scrabulous are so angry with the whole episode, they want EA to take it down entirely from Facebook.
EA’s Scrabble game has a one-star user rating compared to a five-star rating for Scrabulous. Also, I've seen a mere 870 users using the official Scrabble game, compared to the millions of users who were playing Scrabulous.
EA is still trying to fix the hacking problem, and at time of writing I was able to go to their page on Facebook. I didn’t test the new Scrabble application because I prefer Scrabulous.
EA released a statement to the press, reading:
"EA's Scrabble Facebook game experienced a malicious attack this morning, resulting in the disabling of Scrabble on Facebook…We're working with our partners to resolve this issue and have Scrabble back online and ready to play as soon as possible."
CNet said EA is just giving the old "blame the hackers" excuse.
I believe it would be better for Hasbro to settle in some form with Scrabulous' creators.
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