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I have to say, I find it worrying the number of posts and tales of people having their account hacked, and them knowing of other people in their guild or who're friends of having been hacked.
I haven't heard sortlike tales regarding other MMO's.
What I'm trying to figure out, are these tales many because WoW has the largest playerbase so naturally there would be more of these kinds of stories, or is a disturbing rising trend happening at the moment?
These tales of people's account getting hacked are only so many lately, something of the last few months. I can't recall it being a large thing and so frequently mentioned a year ago.
About my own experiences: since the last month or two I've been getting mails about WoW that look official, but when you see the link that's added and check the email address it's coming from they're both phoney, not from Blizzard itself. So I never clicked the link.
I do wonder though how they got my email address since that email address is known only on a few places. I've never used any of the mods available.
The only thing that I can think of is that one of these places I left my email address has gotten compromised, or a (ex-)Blizzard employee had a good time selling off email address listings, or my PC has gotten hacked. But if the last situation was the case, then I would have larger problems and they wouldn't go for a simple email phishing scheme.
So my question: is the frequent account hacking a recent thing or does it only look like it's happening much, and is there anything more concrete known besides rumors what are the causes behind it?
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