chessplayer <> wrote in message news:hXmA5.1102$…
> Each time as soon as the game ended
> the message was that ICC had found computeruse. And there was no way to
> verify that without somehow hacking my harddisk

Not necessarily your hard disk; memory will do. As others have pointed out, BlitzIn does send information about running processes to ICC, which is how you were caught. Of course, there are several objections to this:

(1) Some consider it an invasion of privacy.

(2) It doesn’t really solve the problem. Someone who uses a program on a different computer, or uses a program that BlitzIn doesn’t know about, or hacks a program that BlitzIn does know about, or uses a utility to mess with the process table, won’t get caught this way. Some might even argue that ICC’s approach to this is discriminatory, since people rich enough to have a second computer handy or technically savvy enough to use one of the other tricks can still cheat while Joe User with one computer can’t.

(3) Pushing a single client supported on a single OS platform deprives users of choice with regard to both interface and OS.

As I’ve pointed out before in this group, I believe that ICC’s attempt to address this problem via BlitzIn is terribly misguided. Their policy of not discussing the issue is also misguided; it’s well known in the rest of the computer industry that “security through obscurity” is a poor design choice. If they were really serious about cheating, they’d bite the bullet and devote more resources to catching cheaters the old-fashioned way – by looking for well-known patterns in moves and move timings and sudden ratings increases. Of course, that would require lots more human time and/or more computing resources (more $$$) to separate the wheat from the chaff and reduce the number of games the humans must examine. I believe that ICC’s failure to do all this, and their insistence on the broken BlitzIn-based solution instead, shows that they’re much more interested in _appearing_ to do something than in actually doing something about cheating.

ICC is a for-profit enterprise; where’s the profit for them? Cheaters are customers too. If they can avoid alienating the cheaters, and also make enough of a show to avoid alienating others concerned about cheating, that’s a win/win for them.