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Why sudden increase in hacked accounts? (WoW).

Every 5th post is someone who has been hacked on WoW, which had sharply increased this month.

What really is the cause of this. People who claim they never buy gold, never use addons, claim they have a secure password, they didn't fall for an email scam, they don't have viruses, trojans or keyloggers on their computer, noone found there password in the real world and hacked them.  In real terms if all the above is true, YOU DONT GET HACKED, simple.

 

Is this some sort of a problem on blizzards end? Was there site or databases leaked/hacked? Or sold even?

 

Or is the increase in people getting hacked simply the chinese collecting data over months and then suddenly hacking everyone now?

 

What do you think?

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  • altairzqaltairzq Member Posts: 3,811

    I think it's very difficult to be absolutely sure you don't have any virus, trojan, whatever in your computer.

  • DilweedDilweed Member UncommonPosts: 222

    People didn't have to put in there username when logging into wow cause it kept remembering it.

    Now with battlenet change, everyone had to put in a new username.

    Keyloggers heaven ;)

  • DilweedDilweed Member UncommonPosts: 222

    Yep, you can write a virus/keylogger binary like 0100101010011001 etc

    No virus scanner will find that cause it would take weeks if not more to scan your computer for that and prolly will never find it

  • BullseyeArc1BullseyeArc1 Member UncommonPosts: 410
    Originally posted by altairzq


    I think it's very difficult to be absolutely sure you don't have any virus, trojan, whatever in your computer.



     

    Agree thiers so many ways they can hide on the computer now, thiers even flash viruses that get on your bios chip.    So many ways they can be getting this on your machine, even a guy in the manufactoring plant or the developers making some side cash.    Meaning you could be buying a computer already with a virus on it.

  • ThenariusThenarius Member Posts: 1,106

    Yeah, people claim they have thousands firewalls and whatever, but most of the time, it is not true.

    Nobody will ever say something like "Yeah, I clicked on that porn site then downloaded that awesome quick search porn bar" or something. 

    Now, even if they have 2 different security suites on their computer, they might not even configure it well. You can easily name a virus like a normal Windows program and if you allow internet access to it, then it's game over and you don't even know it.



    If you're that paranoid about your account safety, just run WoW in WINE on a Linux distro or something, but at the end of the day, it's user's fault and blaming Blizzard for selling accounts is just stupid.

  • waveslayerwaveslayer Member UncommonPosts: 521

    these people are visiting gold selling websites or clicking on links in various forums that are screenshots or something else, bottom line, dont click any link or Email associated with WoW, dont download any UI mods or visit gold selling websites or sites that host the varoius hacks(have noticed an increase in ppl using speed and telehack too) and you will have nothing to worry about, also dont log in your account at your friends nor let them know your info, becuase you dont know what sites they visit, not becuase they may be dishonest.

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  • nyxiumnyxium Member UncommonPosts: 1,345

     Keyloggers. 

    Forums have links to web addresses with some nasty software attached to it while duping clickers into thinking they are going to see girls with their tits out. Hah, you'll never catch me falling for that. Hey, another hot girls go wild website, sweet!

  • LitedevianceLitedeviance Member Posts: 27

    Just use avast antivrus and resident spyware search and destroy, picks up loads of malicious stuff.

  • BloodaxesBloodaxes Member EpicPosts: 4,662

    While devs and users have a part of the fault (more the users sometimes) I think there should be some harsher sueues on those gold sellers and such and maybe even improve internet protection because the game developers can't do everything alone when there's so many illegal sites around without even getting locked most of the times =/


  • BlackWatchBlackWatch Member UncommonPosts: 972
    Originally posted by Dilweed


    Yep, you can write a virus/keylogger binary like 0100101010011001 etc
    No virus scanner will find that cause it would take weeks if not more to scan your computer for that and prolly will never find it



     

    What is the basis of every operation that is performed on a PC?  Binary. 

    Everything you do, see, read, write, shoot, click, zip, scroll--- it's all broken down into binary.  On, off.  1 or 0. 

    Your IP addresses... binary.  Keystrokes... commands... all of it... binary.

    If you take the time to create a virus in the most native of computer languages, how would that make it more difficult to scan?

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  • uquipuuquipu Member Posts: 1,516

     You can buy the wow authenicator for $6.50

    It makes it a lot harder for the people who would steal your account.  Lots, lots harder.

     

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  • majimaji Member UncommonPosts: 2,091

    My fathers son has a friend who's friend works for the postman who delivers the post to Blizzard and often has a chat with them. And one of the blizzard employees told the postman that blizzard is hacking their own users accounts to increase the sales rates of their authenticator. True story.

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  • BloodaxesBloodaxes Member EpicPosts: 4,662
    Originally posted by uquipu


     You can buy the wow authenicator for $6.50
    It makes it a lot harder for the people who would steal your account.  Lots, lots harder.
     

     

    Well with all these recent account hacks why should people pay extra for the lack of protection? this should be given free imo


  • Toquio3Toquio3 Member Posts: 1,074

    I just checked my battle.net's account, still fine. just like all my other games' accounts. never been hacked. But I dont go on gold buying sites and dont click on shady banners and links. From my experience, when someone says 'I didnt do anything, didnt click anything, and got hacked' is not telling the whole story.

    So people dont want to be hacked? Its easy. Be careful.

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  • Andr4599Andr4599 Member Posts: 99
    Originally posted by maji


    My fathers son has a friend who's friend works for the postman who delivers the post to Blizzard and often has a chat with them. And one of the blizzard employees told the postman that blizzard is hacking their own users accounts to increase the sales rates of their authenticator. True story.



     

    Ur not that smart.

     

  • MalivMaliv Member UncommonPosts: 38

     So what's the magic answer for someone in my position?  

    -I haven't played WoW in months...I don't even have it installed on a PC in my house...as a matter of fact, I didn't even install it after building my new rig.  



    -I haven't received a phishing email.

    -I haven't even been to the WoW website in months.

     

    How did someone get my information from a PC THAT IT ISN'T ON?!

    "Going Against The Grain Should Be A Way Of Life"

  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Member RarePosts: 3,991

    I recently received a bogus password reset attempt email, with a link to worldofwarcraft.com, but if you rightclick the link and choose "properties," the actual link is wor1dofwarcraft.com....which i'm sure redirects you to a cloned blizzard account phishing site. If people are putting their id/pw in their, it's good night nurse.

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  • satojinsatojin Member Posts: 125

    My account has been inactive for 5 years now and I just now got the email saying there was suspicious usage. I don't think Blizzard is hacking their own accounts but I certainly could believe Blizzard was hacked or an employee lost a file with user names and passwords (if such a thing exists)

  • orlacorlac Member Posts: 549

    If you got hacked it was your fault...always.

  • Bama1267Bama1267 Member UncommonPosts: 1,822

     I found it quite interesting that while running my guild, several players who haven't played for months got hacked. Almost every time someone got hacked in my guild, it was someone who wasn't even playing. It didn't hurt my guild in anyway because we always demote all inactive players to an inactive title that has no priveledges.

     What are the chances of a rogue employee gathering information on extremely inactive accounts to hack and use to make money? I'm not familar with how Blizzard operates, but would someone who really doesn't make much money at Blizzard have access to this information?  And If they did, maybe it was tempting enough to "steal" some acounts from people who would never notice because they weren't even playing.

     

     

    ... just seems odd.

  • satojinsatojin Member Posts: 125

    Who ever said "if you get hacked its your own fault always" is a moron. Companies lose data ALL the time (and also sell it but i dont believe blizzard would sell account info :/ )

    Same thing with credit cards: You could apply for a credit card, lock it up in a safe for ever, and your account can still be hi-jacked.

     

    MOST of the time it's the users fault would more appropriate.

  • misterdurpmisterdurp Member Posts: 157
    Originally posted by satojin


    Who ever said "if you get hacked its your own fault always" is a moron. Companies lose data ALL the time (and also sell it but i dont believe blizzard would sell account info :/ )
    Same thing with credit cards: You could apply for a credit card, lock it up in a safe for ever, and your account can still be hi-jacked.
     
    MOST of the time it's the users fault would more appropriate.

    when i was playing 9dragons the official site got hacked and an ad with a virus in it was put on the homepage, i got it too but ran the virus scanner immediately and threw it away before my acc info was stolen (you play that game by logging into the homepage).

    so yes, i agree with you.

  • cukimungacukimunga Member UncommonPosts: 2,258

    Its the consequence of playing the most popular game, just the same as using windows the most popular OS.   People are going to make virus's and and what-not to effect the most people they can. This whole battle.net account merger was the perfect time to attack too, my cousin got hacked.   While its mostly the users fault Blizz needs to beef up their security as well, those Authenticators have backfired and the Cyber Criminals   (hacker is such a broad term) have been using them to buy more time to do what they want.

  • cukimungacukimunga Member UncommonPosts: 2,258
    Originally posted by Maliv


     So what's the magic answer for someone in my position?  
    -I haven't played WoW in months...I don't even have it installed on a PC in my house...as a matter of fact, I didn't even install it after building my new rig.  



    -I haven't received a phishing email.
    -I haven't even been to the WoW website in months.
     
    How did someone get my information from a PC THAT IT ISN'T ON?!

     

    Someone working for Blizzard sold your account info, or someone hacked into Blizzards account info and either stole it for themselves or stole it to sell accounts to other people.

  • PalebanePalebane Member RarePosts: 4,011

    People who use hacks, trojans, and keyloggers on PORN sites figured out there is alot of money to be made by getting into WoW user's accounts.

    Vault-Tec analysts have concluded that the odds of worldwide nuclear armaggeddon this decade are 17,143,762... to 1.

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