In an EVE Online News post today CCP announced that effective immediately, Ghost Training will be declared an exploit.
“Ghost Training” has been defined as using an alpha account to train skills beyond the speed and amount of a normal alpha account. Essentially using a bug to train an alpha account as if it was an omega account.
It goes on to use language that seems to indicate CCP is retroactively assessing punishments against those who knowingly used the exploit prior to the declaration. The devblog states, “Any users found to have been knowingly abusing Ghost Training will be subject to reprimand on a case by case basis as per the EVE Online EULA.”
This action was taken after an investigation and consultation with the CSM.
Although it has been around since the introduction of Alpha clones, Ghost Training has only come to wide scale attention in the past month, with multiple posts on Reddit explaining the bug use in detail, as well as laying out the profits able to be gained from it.
In addition to declaring it an exploit, CCP has also stated that Skillpoint reimbursement will be done soon for those who lost SP during the problems with skill queues recently.