Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

Blizzard: WoW Seeing Unusual Rise in Unauthorized Logins

Last response: in News comments
Share
June 28, 2013 9:09:41 AM

Well, if they do this to me, they'll be quite disappointed about the amount of gold they can get from me. I don't think I have a single character with more than 300g, but I have 9 alts at 85 or higher. I guess I'm just too much of a compulsive spender.
June 28, 2013 9:24:30 AM

It's because of WoW's retarded security... If you login from ANY unrecognized network. BAM! Instant Unauthorized this or that and you have to change pw etc. You won't get "hacked" (i hate that term cause it's not hacking) IF you don't share your PW, and aren't stupid about what you open / install on your pc. The best Security is a smart user I have no pity for morons.
June 28, 2013 9:36:50 AM

I blame Blizzard's lack of security. I was hacked back in the day and I never gave out my PW, nor did I associate my PW with anything else "WoW" related. Either they let add-ons run code to steal account info, or they are straight up getting their DB hacked/leaked and don't have a clue.
June 28, 2013 9:55:07 AM

This is an ongoing issue with Blizzard's security. A few years back, I got an email that my account had been disabled for using some hack to do with gold. At the time, I had not logged into or been subscribed to WoW for at least two years. When I called Blizzard's support to get the problem cleared up, they insisted that I had either given my password to someone or that a keylogger had captured it. When I asked to speak to a supervisor, told them that it had to be a security breach on their end, since I hadn't even had WoW installed on my pc for years and I never gave out this password (which was unique) to anyone, they still refused to accept responsibility or look into the matter.
June 28, 2013 9:55:27 AM

Seems like it'd be easy enough to spank the player receiving the gold and discourage this activity. It's also easy to detect, just scan the ah for items posted, bought, or sold for far greater then their average selling price and you put a stop to this sort of thing.
June 28, 2013 10:03:01 AM

I don't mean to be a jerk... But it is highly unlikely that WoW's database was compromised.. and even if it was. They would not single out 1 account and use it to go take all your gold etc.

The issue most likely remains with the user. Whether it was a nasty add on installed that carried a friend with it, a cheat that carried a nasty friend with it or as described above you "trusted" your best online friend. "Ohhh it couldn't be little Timmy we knew each other for years" If I had a dollar for every time I heard this...

Ive played games online for over 15 years and never once have I had a security issue or an account hacked. I played KO when it was Hot and had over 10K worth of items... Never once was it compromised. When I quit I sold all my gear and profited quit nicely. I know we are all IT experts and want to put the blame on someone else..... Just my two cents.
June 28, 2013 10:13:21 AM

The whole issue is not Blizzrd itself. Hackers have two methods now of getting through your authenticator. A friend of mine who has hacked it himself showed me how it works. A malware that targets iphones and android keylogs your phone. They grab the password. Then they remotely log onto your phone use the password you typed and since you have authenticator on the phone it auto paste the current numbers. Hackers can also use this your apps and have the code from authentication sent to them remotely.
June 28, 2013 10:22:26 AM

hfitch said:
The whole issue is not Blizzrd itself. Hackers have two methods now of getting through your authenticator. A friend of mine who has hacked it himself showed me how it works. A malware that targets iphones and android keylogs your phone. They grab the password. Then they remotely log onto your phone use the password you typed and since you have authenticator on the phone it auto paste the current numbers. Hackers can also use this your apps and have the code from authentication sent to them remotely.


+1
June 28, 2013 10:41:57 AM

Yikes even private servers have better security than this, Blizzard really doesn't protect it's customers and they have exposed their systems to hackers with all these apps. Got between 10-15 million gold between my chars and accounts.
June 28, 2013 11:25:27 AM

It's up to the users to safeguard their account, not Blizzard. If you are hacked it is YOUR FAULT. I see a lot of ignorant posters here laying the blame (Wrongly) at Blizzards feet for instances where their character was hacked.
June 28, 2013 11:54:01 AM

hfitch said:
The whole issue is not Blizzrd itself. Hackers have two methods now of getting through your authenticator. A friend of mine who has hacked it himself showed me how it works. A malware that targets iphones and android keylogs your phone. They grab the password. Then they remotely log onto your phone use the password you typed and since you have authenticator on the phone it auto paste the current numbers. Hackers can also use this your apps and have the code from authentication sent to them remotely.

This very much so. People think the smartphone authenticators are as effective, and safe, as the dongle and that is simply not true at all.

June 28, 2013 11:58:40 AM

ANevers said:
It's up to the users to safeguard their account, not Blizzard. If you are hacked it is YOUR FAULT. I see a lot of ignorant posters here laying the blame (Wrongly) at Blizzards feet for instances where their character was hacked.


In 99% of situations yes, but for years Blizzard has failed to do anything about those hacking accounts from China who use proxys that can be filtered out of Blizzard did just a bit better with security.

I also remember when they added ads to their forums (forums btw only paying customers could post to so there was never any legitimate reason to put ads on it), the ad company they used actually put gold selling ads on the official Blizzard forums, and these pushed malware to the end user. Many people had their accounts broken into because of this, and all they did was go to the official blizzard forums. Took days for Blizzard to admit that it happened as well.
June 28, 2013 12:10:38 PM

Yeah, they need more subscribers, so it makes perfect sense, lol.

But no Blizz, I won't go back even if my WoW account is hacked, sorry.

Cheers!
June 28, 2013 1:14:02 PM

Unsubbed from WOW 8 months ago, then just recently 3 months ago some hackers gained my account logins, Used a promotional to re-subb my account for 3 days, and stole all my gold and got my account banned.

LOL how the heck they gained the login and pass of an unsubbed account is beyond me. I however have the feeling that Blizzard is responsible for the lack of security because hackers are pulling account info off o their servers!
June 28, 2013 1:29:37 PM

So it is organized crime perpetrating the hacks/theft? It's not my neighborhood punk ass nerd breaking into my network, but most likely Chinese illegal business entities?
June 28, 2013 1:59:50 PM

It would be real simple for Blizzard to eliminate the account hacking problem. All they would have to do is restrict all IP addresses originating in China to the Oceanic servers. That would cut down this crap to a mere 1% of what it is now. Having to pay for a proxy server would severely cut into the hackers thin margins.
a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2013 3:09:07 PM

A useless ploy to get you to use their stupid account authenticators to get even more of your personal data out of it.
June 28, 2013 3:55:31 PM

Same happened to me i was unsubscribed for a year when I got an email my account was hacked. They used pre-pay cards to re-activate my account. Hard to see how its my fault... The guys on here defending Blizzard must still be playing this outdated game....
June 28, 2013 4:15:57 PM

I think someone in Blizzard is doing this..... I've lost all faith in Blizzard.... I lost an account in which I was a Leader of a guild... what did blizzard do... Give me a new WoW account and not any of my characters, gold, items, guild, nothing but a free WoW account for a now closed account.
June 28, 2013 6:16:15 PM

darknite414 said:
Same happened to me i was unsubscribed for a year when I got an email my account was hacked. They used pre-pay cards to re-activate my account. Hard to see how its my fault... The guys on here defending Blizzard must still be playing this outdated game....


Outdated yes, but 10 years later there still isn't a game that touches it.
June 29, 2013 8:36:04 AM

If you jailbreak/root your smart phone, its just a matter of time. Must be blizzards fault again.............
June 29, 2013 8:48:28 AM

Is this the new Blizzard marketing ploy?

I don't care about them anymore they became money hungry and there games are fastly becoming a bore.
June 30, 2013 6:04:03 AM

natoco said:
If you jailbreak/root your smart phone, its just a matter of time. Must be blizzards fault again.............


I might trust the ROM developers more than the cell phone carriers.

June 30, 2013 5:37:10 PM

that will teach you for playing wow
!