To everyone who still remembers me (and the few that don't),
I really don't know where to start on this. I've been avoiding talking about it for months because it upset me so badly. I know I closed off all my blogs and just disappeared completely but I didn't think anyone would really notice. I'd already pretty much left MovieStarPlanet by the time this all played out.
But that doesn't mean it didn't hurt like hell to get my account hacked.
For a long time, MissM was the only thing that really mattered to me. She was there when I went through chemo- when I couldn't go to school and really needed the company. She gave me access to a place where I could be creative and- more importantly- talk to all of you. She was just as important to me as all of you were and I learned a lot of lessons about myself and how to deal with people from her.
But then I was better and life resumed as normal. I didn't have the time to sift through message after message and spend hours waiting for the lag to pass just so I could have a conversation with one of my friends on MSP. I'd already found different chat clients that I could access my main social group from without all the underlying issues of MSP. I still hang out with Liz and various other friends through these; they became more important to me than MSP was.
Gradually I started to forget things. I hate to admit it but I forgot a lot of you, actually. Life just has a habit of doing that.
But I felt I owed it to Missy to keep her account up there and keep the blogs up- after all, I'd put so much time and effort into creating them and they held a lot of emotional significance for me. So I didn't delete Missy or the blogs, I just left them be in the hopes that everyone would respect my wishes and leave them be too.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
A couple of months ago I was alerted by EllieGlitter to the fact that someone had taken over my account. I managed to get in contact with the hacker and (over the course of three hours which involved a lot of begging, pleading, crying and downright unrelenting anger from myself and my friends) took control of my account. Unfortunately, as an act of stupidity on her part she'd bought VIP for it- and because I'm too nice I actually felt guilty about it. She took my account yet I felt guilty about the fact she'd spent her money on it! So I said I'd consider sharing if she let me put my email back onto the account- which of course, she refused.
So the MSP team had to get involved. I wrote them a letter, explaining my issue and waited for a reply.
Now, I'm going to tell you something that downright shocked me as it happened. The hacker had revealed that she'd forged a credit card document to make it look like my account was hers. MSP had handed her my account because of the forgery. Yet when I emailed them to explain I wanted my email putting back on my account, they denied what had happened by stating: MSP NEVER gives out player passwords to others.
And then they locked MissM until they were sent certain records- records which I no longer owned- to prove that it was my account.
This downright disgusted me. MSP always talks about 'never giving your password to others' because it appears to them this is the main - and the ONLY - cause of hacking. It felt a little like they were blaming me for what happened, even though I'd always kept my password secret and hadn't given it out to anyone- not even when I left.
The worst part is the fact it is SO INCREDIBLY PATRONIZING. Children are smart, MSP, and if the Government keeps putting that special stuff in our salt they'll only be getting smarter. I honestly can't believe their security is so lax and easy to exploit that even a child can break through it with a forged document. There are tutorials EVERYWHERE on the internet for this sort of stuff- yet MSP the good and holy can't be to blame because it 'never gives player passwords to others'.
Apparently not, MSP. You've been outsmarted before and I've no doubt you will be again.
So let me put this straight and clear: MovieStarPlanet is not a security safe website. It assumes that kids aren't smart enough to come up with new ways to take other people's accounts, is consistently laggy and incapable of gameplay depending on your level and the mods have routinely been biased for and against certain people (which I've always thought is the reason why they stopped allowing you to speak to them on chat)- but I honestly can't blame them for that. They're human too and humans are naturally biased against what they know and understand. It's not as bad as on some other websites I've been on where the mods have been on a vicious campaign to wipe every player from their server lest they ruin their good times.
So to conclude: the internet is not safe and you will eventually be hurt by it. Be careful of what you put out there. Also: DOCUMENT EVERYTHING. Be it a credit card bill or an email, DOCUMENT IT in case you need it for the future.
As for the hacker? I honestly don't know. I'm not really certain of who she was, but I know other people probably are. If we were doing this in the old style I would have probably written a morally righteous and very red rant about how she had completely ruined my life and people like her were ruining MSP- but she hasn't. All she wanted was an easy ticket to fame- but let me tell you something: there is no easy ticket to fame, be it real or virtual. I learnt that soon enough after I hit third place on the leaderboard and it became increasingly harder to communicate with my friends without the forementioned lag and message sifting. The pretty clothes and cool stuff became null because ultimately I could do nothing with it because the server just kept crashing on me. I left MSP because I wanted a place where I could communicate easily with my friends and I found that in IMVU. I have no doubt after a couple of months the hacker would have realised how futile what she'd done was and give up. All I can do is feel sorry for her, really. After all, my account is beyond both of our reach now.
In the end, she didn't really take anything from me. She just forced me to say goodbye a little sooner than I wanted.
The only thing I have left to say to you all is this: thank you. Thank you for a really great two years. Thank you for helping me to learn patience and when exactly to be righteously angry. Thank you for being my friends when I really needed them.
I mean, I've come pretty far from where I first started. I've written two novels, practically travelled halfway around the world, got some pretty great GCSE results despite missing two years and I'll be going to sixth form next year. Soon enough I'll be in University. It's funny how time flies.
Anyway, just because I'm not on MSP any more doesn't mean I'm not around. I'd tell you my IMVU username but I'd prefer to keep it quiet because I use it mainly to speak to my really-super-duper-close friends. So the other place you have the best chance of reaching me is through here:
It's a pretty good game, all things considered. Lots of lovely artwork which is why I frequent there. Send me a message and I'll automatically see it.
Or if you're feeling nostalgic for the chibis, I've set up a new writing project between me and a couple of my friends. We are planning to put some familiar faces in so keep your eyes peeled.
Oh, and for those who want to know: Yes, I DID start writing up the blog stories. I got to about 20,000 words before having my attention stolen by life. You know how things are. I maaaay consider putting them up somewhere someday, dependant on how much of it I get finished.
So this is a goodbye from Missy and a hello from Topaz (my new pseudonym!!!!). Thank you so much for reading and I wish you the best of luck with everything you strive to do.
Lots of love