A nasty exploit has raised its ugly head in EVE Online
this week, allowing players to prevent themselves from showing up in the local chat channel. Unless you're in a wormhole system
, this channel is meant to show a list of every pilot in the system and must update instantly when a player jumps in. In the deep nullsec regions, the local channel is the primary way a player will know if he's safe or not. If you're alone in the channel, there's nobody else logged on in the system that can attack you. If an enemy fleet rolls by, you'll see a list of names suddenly appearing in the channel and know it's time to get to a safe place. If a pilot were able to somehow hide himself from the local channel, he could sneak up on unsuspecting victims without them knowing he's there.
Skip past the cut for an investigative look at this unsettling development.