in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/" target="_blank"> style="font-style: italic;">EVE Online
is fought on many different fronts. Direct conflict can take a heavy
toll on both sides in terms of not only ships, but the resources to
build them and even corporation loyalties. The latter in particular can
wreck havoc on an unsuspecting enemy, especially when cleverly executed
espionage is employed. In the most recent edition of href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/features/mittani"
target="_blank"> style="font-style: italic;">Sins of a Solar Spymaster,
the Mittani provides a unique insight as to how surprisingly easy the
espionage game can be played, and how sometimes it’s best to
keep things simple:
What could Veritas
have done differently? First, they should have held
their potential capital recruit to a higher standard of scrutiny.
Capital pilots are privy to far more strategic information
than the regular membership, so you must be especially certain they are
not spies. They could have checked his employment history and contacted
the CEOs or known members of his prior corporations for references; had
they done this, they may have found that the character had been sold,
and that the 'Lenutza' applying to Veritas was not the same 'Lenutza'
as before. They could have investigated the character sales section of
the Eve-Online forums looking for evidence of a potential sale. At the
very least, they could have resisted the urge to believe what they
wanted to believe, and held Blitter in a 'trial period' of sorts where
his access and information had been limited. But, they didn't.
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