Can you publish statistics?
The number of avatars running malicious clients flagged in CDS should be around 20.000 now, many of which have been permanently banned by Linden Lab
Why are you banning me and call me a thief just because i used Copybot Client XY?
It needs to be understood that this is not a list of known thieves, we have no way to determine if any of these people have stolen anything or not. We are simply providing a list of people who have used clients known for their content theft capabilities. We leave the choice of banning users to the land owners themselves.
We are specifically targeting closed source software built for malicious use, violating the Third Party Viewer Policy laid out by Linden Lab, California Computer Crimes Law as well as laws in 49 other states, not to mention illegally bypassing many Software License agreements. Many of these viewers install keyloggers and/or send encrypted data via inworld IM to various accounts. We believe use of these viewers is an extreme risk to your computer and privacy. There is NO legitimate use for software such as this.
What are the right and wrong viewers to use?
As a rule, any viewer that has serious griefing features or the capabilities to go around the permissions systems set out by Linden Lab will be targeted by CDS. We are not talking about semi-legit TPVs but serious griefer viewers that have implemented backdoors and are a big risk to your account's and computer's security. Please refer to Linden Lab's Policy on Third-Party Viewers http://secondlife.com/corporate/tpv.php
Why did I get banned for using the official LL viewer/Firestorm/Singularity etc?
CDS began storing info on viewer usage in 2010, it does not really matter which viewer you are using right now, since you could get banned from store X for using a copybot viewer in store Y weeks ago.
During the first months of beta testing, avatars using flagged viewers were added to the database. Upon 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.
There is no appeal process
Yes there is, please see http://appeals.gemini-cybernetics.net
Should you believe you have been wrongfully banned, the best course of action is to file an appeal. The Appeal system was implemented to review cases of possible false positives or hacked accounts etc. Appeals will be acted upon in a way that best protects the effectiveness of CDS, and ultimately left in the hands of the parcel owner.
It is against the TOS because it bans people sim-wide
No, it is not possible to ban people on a parcel to which you do not have land rights, regardless of the method used.
Why does Linden Labs allow scams like this?
It is Linden Lab not Labs and it should be clear by now that CDS is not a scam. LL know very well how it works, they have been aware of it months before release. Unlike other comparableble systems that have been removed from SL, CDS has always been in accordance with the TOS.
What data are you storing?
A one way hashed UUID along with viewer identifiers. No MAC or IP addresses are stored, nor any sensitive data. This data is continuously monitored and updated. Again, there is no exploit involved, CDS is not accessing your files, app_data or anything.
It works this way and here's how to get around it.
There are multiple methods of detection. The effectiveness of the CDS relies on keeping the details of its operation discrete. CDS gathers its information from many sources today.