'Hundreds' of Battlefield 3 users banned for utilizing exploits

According to the official Battlefield Twitter account, "hundreds" of Battlefield 3 users have been banned for utilizing experience point exploits in DICE's recently released shooter.

"This week we've banned hundreds of offending accounts and have stats-wiped accounts for exploiting (such as boosting)," the Twitter account revealed. "We are working on banning as many people as we can as quickly as we can. We have a zero tolerance policy for cheating."

EA's tweet doesn't specify any particular exploit, but according to IGN they are referring to an engineer glitch that allows players to infinitely repair a friendly repair bot in hardcore matches. EA confirms a patch to eliminate the exploit is currently being developed and will arrive "soon."

Shacknews has contacted EA to clarify if the exploit above, and subsequent bans, are sweeping all three platforms Battlefield 3 is available on.

Should using the game's own systems against itself be cause for ban? Hacking a game is one thing, but discovering a loophole that the developer didn't realize was there? As Shacknews east coast editor Andrew Yoon said of the situation: "'Don't be a douchebag' should be a pretty good rule of thumb."