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Client Detection System - CDS

A few days ago I wrote here about the new system developed by Gemini Cybernetics, enabling land owners, content creators, estate managers and in fact anyone, to at last acquire a reasonable method of protecting their content by detecting the use of malicious viewers.

Many will be pleased to know today of the release of an update and publication of FAQs.

First of all, the FAQs

GEMINI Industries’ CDS FAQ

“Why did I get banned for using the official LL viewer/Emerald/Imprudence/etc?”

During the first months of beta testing, avatars using flagged viewers were added to the database. Upon the GEMINI CDS’ official release, the auto-ban feature was implemented and flagged avatars found themselves banned and ejected regardless of the viewer in use at the time. While there has not been a case of a false-positive, there have been a handful of situations where an avatar was accessed by someone else (i.e. “my friends have my passordw” and “my little sister wanted to try Cryo”).
In these cases, the best course of action is to file an appeal.
Appeals will be first reviewed by the GEMINI team, acted upon in a way that best protects the effectiveness of the CDS, and ultimately left in the hands of the parcel owner.

“What are the right and wrong viewers to use?”

As a rule, any viewer that has the capabilities to go around the permissions systems set out by Linden Labs will be targeted by the GEMINI CDS.
Please refer to Linden Lab’s Policy on Third-Party Viewers.

“How does it work?”

When an avatar passes through the region, the CDS looks for signs someone is using or has used a flagged viewer. That information is processed and the avatar may be banned from the parcel, teleported home, or both. In the case of a ban, it is a temporary ban precautionary to ban lists filling up. In all cases, the flagged avatar is added to the database shared with all CDS devices identifying the avatar as a potential threat. The CDS ships with bans and kicks disabled by default. Local unbanning is an upcoming feature.

“What data are you storing?”

The specifics of the data cannot be disclosed. However, no MAC or IP addresses are stored, nor any other sensitive data. The most personal data is the avatar key and which viewer was used. This data is continuously monitored and updated.

“Does the CDS use the same methods of detection as the Emerald Viewer?”

While the Skill Hak is on the Emerald development team, the GEMINI CDS is not affiliated with Modular Systems, and the detection methods are completely different and updated as necessary.

“It works this way and here’s how to get around it.”

There are multiple methods of detection, none of which involve an avatar’s IP or MAC addesses. The effectiveness of the CDS relies on keeping the details of its operation discrete. There are occasional lapses in service whiel the Gemini team updates the system. During this time, detection continues without banning or kicking. This slows the success of potentially harmful viewers bypassing the system, allows GEMINI to monitor their progress and continue updating the methods of detection, and increases the longevity of the CDS as a copybot deterrent.

“Do we disclose any information to outside parties?”

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

“The CDS is only active for 25 days and not a month as advertised.”

This is a very rare bug and has since been fixed.

“Is there a list of GEMINI CDS owners?”

The choice in advertising the presence of the CDS is left with the end-user.

“Skills Hak is also Skills Hax!!!!! Scroll to the bottom of this site here!!”

From: Skills Hak
re: Copybot allegations
“The drama is years old and I couldn’t care less which side you believe.”

you can read it yourself here

The updated version will be available on Xstreetsl in a few hours time.


CDS now available here

An exciting new development has been released in the seemingly never ending battle that so many creators endure – theft, ripping, texture stealing, content theft – it has many names.

Client Detection System - CDS

[GEMINI Cybernetics] has released their latest development, the Client Detection System / CDS Ban Relay 1.9 / 1.

For creators, this device is a godsend – “The Gemini CDS detects all known viewers with copybot/griefing functionality without utilizing channel listeners, !quit spamming or other inferior techniques.”

[GEMINI Cybernetics] Client Detection System / CDS Ban Relay 1.9 / 1 month license is available here

For those SL users who have now, or at some time in the past, used an illicit viewer, the device is not such a good thing. At last! People will have to be responsible for the consequences of their own actions! Be aware that you may be banned if in the recent past you have been detected using one of the viewers – ‘griefer viewers’ that have been built explicitly for theft, even if you are not using it at the moment you are banned.

I have read many forums and chats today and seen many instances of ‘victims’ crying foul. It’s true, people can turn around from being a ripper and a thief, and be an upstanding SL citizen. Therefore, work is underway, as described by the Developer Skills Hak:

“We are currently discussing ways of giving people the ability to appeal a ban in case they have used one of the banned viewers “by accident” or however you want to call it.”

I’ve also seen popular rumours going the rounds, as rumours will, and developing a life of their own. To clarify some of these rumours, I spoke with the Emerald Dev team (those available at this ungodly hour) and have this statement…


“While we have been assured by Skills that Emerald will not be identified or banned by the system she has designed and implemented, and we have done our own tests and verified these claims. It would be best however to make it clear that Skills is doing this as an independent venture, and the Emerald team has no involvement or administration capability. We are unable to guarantee that the system is entirely accurate or works as advertised, although we hope that it does as listed.

We would like to remind people that only downloads from the official website are official, and downloads from any other source is not guaranteed to be what it claims to be. Please use some common sense when downloading third party viewers, and put a little research into what you obtain, run, and log in on. Just because it says “Emerald” on the download link does not make it Emerald.

The Emerald team will not back up or help dispute any claims for the ban system. It is not our system, and we are not involved. Do not come to us.

With that said.. I personally really appreciate how clever this system is. As I have seen it, it has the potential right now to really deal some damage to the bastards that make everyone look like shit. It is nothing like the scam systems you may find to stop copybots that just play off people’s fears, and at the moment, is extremely effective. As expected, this method will eventually be discovered and these copybot viewers will have protections placed against it. But at the time being, they are caught with their pants down, most of them believe they are completely undetectable and will lie and defend it as much as they think they can. I haven’t come across any malicious viewers that are immune to this system yet, and I hope it can stay that way as long as possible, and do as much good as possible. I have a personal issue with malicious viewers that steal and use my code to harm others, and happily enjoy any pain that is caused to them.”

LordGregGreg Back, Emerald Developer

Emerald 1585 Release

The second in the series by Rezzed.TV entitled ‘Asked & Answered: All you wanted to Know About 3rd Party Viewers and Content Theft’ was held this past friday at the Corona Cay studio.

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

Panellists this week were:

KirstenLee Cinquetti – Developer of Kirsten’s Viewer

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

McCabe Maxsted – Developer of Imprudence Viewer

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

Angela Talamasca – Programmer, Builder, and Blogger

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

And hosted by me, Arabella Steadham

Live video stream can be found here, thanks to Malburns Writer

Podcast can be found here, thank you to Stuart Warf

This episode showed a lively and spirited interactive discussion. It’s truly worth your while to be there next week, Friday 13th November 3pm SLT, at Rezzed.TV studio

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

3rd Party Viewers & Content Theft #2

Shadow effects using Kirsten’s Viewer

Arabella Dressed by Royal Blue

August 2020



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