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Diablo 3 Auction Houses Down At Least Another 24 Hours

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Diablo 3 community manager Lylirra reported on Thursday afternoon that the Auction Houses for Diablo 3 will remain closed for at least another twenty-four hours. The company is currently auditing transactions that were performed on the both the gold and real-money Auction House following the discovery of a gold exploit after patch 1.0.8 released.

Quite a lot seems to have transpired since we first wrote about the exploit on Wednesday. At the time, the team had confirmed that the bug was fixed, but added that the servers would not be rolled back to the pre-update state (v1.0.8) so that the dupers could be discovered. It also wouldn't be fair to undo the progress legitimate players had made after the update was installed.

Since then, the blog was updated to report that the North American Auction Houses would be down for multiple hours, allowing Blizzard to "perform audits on all transactions conducted through the Auction House as well as trades in which gold was exchanged" since v1.0.8 launched. Then nearly twelve hours later, Lylirra reported that the team was still knee-deep in audits. Four hours after that, Blizzard said the Auction Houses would remain in maintenance mode until Thursday morning to let Tuesday auctions expire naturally.

On Thursday morning, the Diablo 3 team was still reviewing Tuesday's transactions. By Thursday afternoon, the team decided to keep the doors closed for another 24 hours at the least.

"This audit is a time-intensive process, and to make sure that we can do a thorough job, we’re going to keep the Auction Houses in maintenance until that work is complete," Lylirra said. "Unfortunately, our previous estimate was incorrect, and for that I personally apologize. We don’t have a new ETA, but we anticipate that the service will be unavailable for at least another 24 hours."

As reported on Wednesday, patch v1.0.8 made gold ten times cheaper by increasing the stack size for gold sales on the Auction House from 1 million to 10 million. But when clever users canceled a gold auction before the transaction completed, a bug in the patch refunded them double of the amount listed. News of the bug quickly began to spread, and players were duplicating trillions in gold. In turn, this gold rush inflated the in-game economy as the coins were used to purchase high-value items thus pushing sellers to charge higher prices.

Blizzard immediately shut down both the gold and real-money Auction Houses after learning of the exploit. The game itself is still up and running.

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    aoneone , May 9, 2013 3:21 PM
    Just like in real life ^_^ Now everything is worthless. Yayyy.
    Oh you don't believe me? Watch that episode of Ducktales where Gizmo creates a duplicator and creates so much money that ice cream and other neat goods costs thousands and thousands of dollars and huge mayhem breaks loose. You're welcome~ ^^
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    Johnny_C13 , May 9, 2013 3:25 PM
    It would be funny that in some sort of twisted Scooby-Doo-esque type of irony, Blizzard actually placed this bug on purpose to eventually excuse itself to shut down the auction houses... permanently. Well, one could wish anyways...
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    unksol , May 9, 2013 3:27 PM
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    Just like in real life ^_^ Now everything is worthless. Yayyy.
    Oh you don't believe me? Watch that episode of Ducktales where Gizmo creates a duplicator and creates so much money that ice cream and other neat goods costs thousands and thousands of dollars and huge mayhem breaks loose. You're welcome~ ^^


    I know you didn't just say "just like in real life" about a game, then reference an episode of ducktales as your example for "real life".....
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    Cloud Fail , May 9, 2013 3:28 PM
    doesn't surprise me, hackers took down origin/ EA yesterday, i found this out when installed BF3 and was trying to play the game after 30 minutes with help desk in complete denial mode until i showed them the message saying BF3 server are offline due to major hack attack.
    i promptly deleted any trace of the game and made help desk wipe out my account, my birthday gift now sits at the bottom of a trash can.
    i was most upset even tho they had upgraded me to veteran status which i inquired about and meant i had to unlock skills and weapons which sent me right from 0 to wanting to go postal all over any one at Origin and EA.

    http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654490260590393/
    Enlisted: 2011-10-24
    2013-05-08 01:43 , edited 2013-05-08 14:19 by EA_AgentX
    Hello,
    The current Battlefield 3 outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure. We are working on a variety of solutions to address this problem and are focused on resolution as quickly as possible.
    We appreciate your patience and support.
    Moving forward, we will provide the most up to date information to the community here. We are incredibly disappointed by these activities and the impact they are having on all of our ability to enjoy BF3, thank you for your patience as we work to resolve these issues.
    /DICE Team
    Need help? Twitter: @AskEASupport Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AskEASupport For code/account issues, Contact Us at http://help.ea.com Want to be a hero? http://answers.ea.com Ask. Answer. Be the Hero
    EA_AgentX

    Enlisted: 2011-10-24
    2013-05-08 20:29
    ATTENTION!
    We will be performing emergency maintenance to reconfigure some backed Battlefield 3 services for the PC.
    Start: May 8, 2013 – 13:15 PM PDT/ 20:15 GMT
    End: May 8, 2013 – 13:25 PM PDT/ 20:25 GMT
    If connected, you will be dropped from the current game.
    Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.
    X
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    EA_AgentX

    Enlisted: 2011-10-24
    2013-05-08 20:58
    Despite our security measures, we have been working around the clock to mitigate the impact of an ongoing denial-of-service attack on our Battlefield 3 game infrastructure over the last several days. While the motives are unclear, the focus of the attack has been interference with network communications preventing access to multiplayer gameplay. At this point, no user data is involved. We share your frustration about the impact this has had to our service and the ability for many of you to play Battlefield 3. We are working tirelessly to mitigate the problem.
    As a part of our efforts to resolve these issues, we’ve conducted rolling restarts of Battlefield infrastructure servers to apply some updates. Thank you for your patience and support while we work to get everyone back and playing Battlefield 3 as soon as possible. More updates to come.
    /DICE Team
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    unksol , May 9, 2013 3:57 PM
    Why on earth would you throw out a game/delete an account because of a DDOS attack that in no way involved you or your computer? And you always have to level up your player... That's part of this genre of games

    im sorry but if that's your attitude you better delete all your accounts and never go online again. Anything can get DDOSed and all it is is a minor inconvenience.
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    PraxGTI , May 9, 2013 3:57 PM
    Musta been Bre-X gold.
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    derekullo , May 9, 2013 4:02 PM
    If some one DDOS's your computer your only alternative is to also throw the computer in the garbage ...
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    Trialsking , May 9, 2013 4:30 PM
    Quote:
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    Just like in real life ^_^ Now everything is worthless. Yayyy.
    Oh you don't believe me? Watch that episode of Ducktales where Gizmo creates a duplicator and creates so much money that ice cream and other neat goods costs thousands and thousands of dollars and huge mayhem breaks loose. You're welcome~ ^^


    I know you didn't just say "just like in real life" about a game, then reference an episode of ducktales as your example for "real life".....


    Give the guy some credit. How many people do you that can reference Duck Tales?!?!?!!?
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    unksol , May 9, 2013 5:38 PM
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    If some one DDOS's your computer your only alternative is to also throw the computer in the garbage ...


    What are you talking about? You don't DDOS a computer, you do it to an IP address or a range of them. Change your IP address....problem solved. Although for large companies that's not easy to do.


    WOOSH!!!

    That's the sound of the sarcasm ( directed at the guy who freaked out and threw out BF3 because the servers were briefly DDOSed ) going right over your head.
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2013 5:53 PM
    DONT WORRY its not like anyone plays that game anyways
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    _Cosmin_ , May 10, 2013 12:46 AM
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    my birthday gift now sits at the bottom of a trash can.


    That show how little consideration you have for people who made the gift!
    If you are so full of money and don`t need that game, why not donate it to some less fortunate folks?
    If this is what you do in case of DDoS, what will you do when they hack the servers and stole all info stored there... slash your veins?
    PLAIN AND SIMPLE: YOU ARE AN IDIOT !
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    zubikov , May 10, 2013 9:51 AM
    Blizzard finally learning how greed got the best of them, turned them from game developers to wannabe bankers. There's nothing wrong with making money from video game sales, but everything's wrong with forcing your customers into buying exchange-traded virtual items to supplement the little bit of fun they're trying to have with gut-wrenching feelings of playing with real money.
    Screw you Blizzard, never again!
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    stevejnb , May 10, 2013 10:53 AM
    I don't get why people DDOS targets like this when they don't like a game. The people who are actually playing on there want to be playing the game - no-one is holding a guns to their heads and they are actively passing by other games to be playing the one in question. When the servers are crashed like this you in part hurt the companies, but even more, you prevent people who want to be playing the game from doing so. I would *hope* that isn't their goal, but...

    If you don't like a game or how a company is acting, move on. Things like this just prevent the people who play these games/use these services from using them, and go figure, they like these games/services. Why stop them from using them, just because you don't like a company?
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    nevilence , May 12, 2013 2:59 PM
    These kinds of things are bound to happen, no suprise