When tracking this particular botter, I always use Dotlan to track the activity in a region. Dotlan allows a user to go back and track the number of jumps in a system over a period of time. When I chose the time period from 20 December to 30 December, I find spikes in activity that line up pretty well.
|Source: Dotlan Maps|
|The undock of Fovihi V - Moon 6 - Trust Partners Warehouse|
I knew I had identified the bot farm when I looked at the information window of each pilot. They were all created on 29 December between 21:02 and 21:12 EVE time. What are the odds that 19 new players would create Minmatar characters in the space of 10 minutes, then all decide they wanted to buy Amarr frigates and do distribution missions in Derelik?
On Sunday afternoon EVE time, I saw that traffic in Nikh had spiked, but that the number of jumps in Fovihi was still elevated. Once more, I logged in to find out what our botting friend was up to. I saw a handful of the suspected bots moving in and out of the system, but not into the Trust Partners station in Fovihi. After a few minutes, I decided to fly to Agha, as I assumed the bots were now programmed to run level 2 distribution missions. Jackpot!
|The undock of Agha IX - Moon 6 - Trust Partners Warehouse|
What I don't know is whether the botter will keep his farm in Agha and level his standings up to 5 using the Magnates or fly to Rens, purchase Wreathes, and then fly back to Tanoo to do the level 3 missions. The botter has to buy an industrial ship to do the level 4 missions in Illinfrik. The fits I saw used by the last farm CCP banned cost about 6.5 million ISK. I just don't know if the botter will have earned that much on his bots.
Does reporting bots really make a difference if the botter can just create more Alpha accounts and start again? I think so. Since the Team Security dev blog's release on 12 December, the price of ISK has gone up on the secondary (aka black) market sites I follow. For example, in 2 1/2 weeks, the price of a billion ISK on Player Auctions has increased over 13%. Something is causing a shortage in ISK available for sale, and I know the issue isn't increased sales. But we'll know for sure if some of the bots never come back.