Earlier I sent an email to Jetstar telling them about the flaw in their flash game. I checked back this morning at their website and it seems they removed a few top scorers’ names… those under 2 minutes, it seems.
While it may not be the best solution (i.e. exploiters can simply change some parameters or time their game to finish in approximately a fair amount of time), I suppose there’s not much that can be done besides removing the game completely.
I also took another look at the flash file and realised that if it’s loaded directly into a web browser, by right clicking and selecting ‘Play’ from the flash menu, one would complete the game immediately. That could be how those chaps with 0 seconds scores done it. It could also be that the 0 scorers went directly to the registration URL that pops up for players to register their particulars after winning the game, and they did not check whether there was indeed a legitimate game played.
However, it seems that this particular bug has been resolved, because I received a message ‘Hacking attempt’! when I tried to submit my null score or go to the URL directly (is it considered a hacking attempt anyway?).
Hmmm. I think Jetstar should award a prize to me for alerting them so they won’t be handing out 10 prizes to 10 zero scorers =)
Hmmmmmm. I think I’d better work harder at playing the game instead.