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Diablo 3 Forum Filling with Hacking Complaints; Stolen Items

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There's supposedly an exploit that will hijack Diablo 3 accounts, allowing hackers to steal gold and goods.

Last week Blizzard released the highly-anticipated, long-awaited action-RPG game Diablo 3 for the PC. The launch was littered with problems ranging from connection issues to a bug that kicked users out of the game for donning a shield. Blizzard quickly offered an apology and thanks to its customers for their patience and tolerance, closing a rough week.

However the second week of Diablo 3's market presence has seemingly started off with a similar controversial bang. Numerous threads are now filling the Diablo 3 forums reporting that accounts have been hacked. Thieves are reportedly taking character items and liquidating gold, leading to a possible massacre once the real-world auction house opens its doors next week.

"I had my Diablo 3 account hacked today," states one player in this thread. "All my items gone and gold liquidated. Blizzard rolled it back to where I was a day and a half before. Meaning I lost around 20 hours of game time play. My password is a random combination of capitalized and uncapitalized letters, numbers, and special characters. My security question answer is also unknowable by anyone but me."

In this thread, a player with a hacked account was flamed for not using an authenticator to secure his virtual goods. However in this thread, a player claims he used an authenticator and still saw his account drained of gold and goods. In the same thread, another player even figured out who actually hacked into his account.

"The hacker's is luckllezz (George Melchers) the guy added me as a friend before I logged back in," writes iMax. "I joined his game and watched as they cleaned out 30+ players, one after another. I reported all this to Blizzard with little to no response, now I have a level 57 worthless and not able to progress. Couple this with the server issues that happened earlier, my Diablo 3 experience is going peachy!"

Another thread on the Diablo 3 forums not only reveals that a hacker somehow appeared on a player's friend list, but the player took screenshots of an actual hacking of a Level 52 Witch Doctor in progress. "I think people were hacked a while ago and hackers were just waiting for Diablo's release before they set 'Order 66' into motion," another player muses, referring to Star Wars Episode III.

Finally, this thread suggests that a Diablo 3 exploit allows session hijacking. "You will lose connection to the game," reports Frobozz as he describes what will happen when the account is hijacked. "This can result in just the 'Lost connection to server' error message or no message at all."

"A good sign that the connection loss is a hijack attempt and not just a server error is if you are also having trouble surfing the web (i.e. slow connections, or can't load pages)," he continues. "People are reporting that their IP is getting DDOSed to prevent them from relogging into Diablo 3 and thus getting a new session and stopping the attack."

So far Blizzard hasn't issued a statement through the PR channels or via the forums, so stay tuned.

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    zachusaman , May 22, 2012 4:59 AM
    glad to see this DRM is working, sure accounts are being stolen but hey, they already paid for the game so who cares?
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2012 5:05 AM
    It used to be that in the past when a game was released, it was pretty much done. Never had any problems with Doom, Duke 3d, Quake, Unreal or any of the great shareware games of the day, even without their patches. Now its obligatory to wait for the players to do ALL the testing for the game and MAYBE 3 - 4 patches later, the game will work as it should. I'm never buying games on launch day ever again.
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    Kamab , May 22, 2012 5:27 AM
    Wasn't the whole online-only feature supposed to prevent this kind of stuff?
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    gerchokas , May 22, 2012 4:53 AM
    "now I have a level 57 worthless and not able to progress"

    57 levels in a week???? The hacker did you a favor man, now i sugest a game called "Outside" - awesome MMORPG with no sever downtimes and completely FREE*
    *fees may apply
  • 39 Hide
    zachusaman , May 22, 2012 4:59 AM
    glad to see this DRM is working, sure accounts are being stolen but hey, they already paid for the game so who cares?
  • 34 Hide
    Anonymous , May 22, 2012 5:05 AM
    It used to be that in the past when a game was released, it was pretty much done. Never had any problems with Doom, Duke 3d, Quake, Unreal or any of the great shareware games of the day, even without their patches. Now its obligatory to wait for the players to do ALL the testing for the game and MAYBE 3 - 4 patches later, the game will work as it should. I'm never buying games on launch day ever again.
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    bryonhowley , May 22, 2012 5:17 AM
    I will pay for it but I will not buy this one until there is a offline crack out! I do not play online will never play online.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 22, 2012 5:19 AM
    otacon72Pay for it instead of being a leach...

    *Leech. And no, I don't see why people should "pay" for this crappy experience, no matter how much fun the game is. I checked: the game costs $70 in my area, while it costs $60 everywhere else. Why is that? Normally all the games are much cheaper here (got ME3 N7 Digital Deluxe Edition for $40 while it's $70 or so in US), and combined with all the issues, this is a no-deal for me. I will be sure to download the cracked version if it ever comes out, though, and see what's the hype about. And then if they drop the price to a decent point in my area and fix all the BS, I might even buy it.
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    ipwn3r456 , May 22, 2012 5:23 AM
    Already? Just 5 days? This is probably even worse then call of duty games....
  • 33 Hide
    Kamab , May 22, 2012 5:27 AM
    Wasn't the whole online-only feature supposed to prevent this kind of stuff?
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    DroKing , May 22, 2012 5:36 AM
    Lol... Already? Gee I thought Blizzard cared so much for their customers (consumers in their eyes) eh? I knew Blizzard were full of shit and that always online is just DRM not a actual security measure. What a way to protect your customer's data with a shitty DRM.
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2012 5:37 AM
    My 31 wizard was gone on my hero list when I logged in after server restart. Also, while I was playing I receive the message that I was disconnected from my game because my account was logged on another computer.

    I would say it is true that some kind of hack is going on. I dont know how they do it but it does not involve a trojan from a website or keylogger. It is done exclusively from using your battlenet ID
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    amuffin , May 22, 2012 5:39 AM
    Brandon SWhy do they keep showing the same fat guy that reminds me of the World of Warcraft episode of South Park

    That would be boogie2988, link to original video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsqUZkmO-zk
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    amuffin , May 22, 2012 5:40 AM
    It's one of boogie's persona's....
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    cxorillion , May 22, 2012 5:42 AM

    amk-aka-Phantom*Leech. And no, I don't see why people should "pay" for this crappy experience, no matter how much fun the game is. I checked: the game costs $70 in my area, while it costs $60 everywhere else. Why is that? Normally all the games are much cheaper here (got ME3 N7 Digital Deluxe Edition for $40 while it's $70 or so in US), and combined with all the issues, this is a no-deal for me. I will be sure to download the cracked version if it ever comes out, though, and see what's the hype about. And then if they drop the price to a decent point in my area and fix all the BS, I might even buy it.


    So... Game = Bad, therefore pirate? Guy's right, you're an absolute leech. If you think the pricing is unfair, order from Amazon or something. If you think that the fact that you don't like the game's experience entitles you to a free copy, then you are completely delusional. If you don't want to buy the game, then don't buy it AND don't play it. If you want to play it, buy it.
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    ojas , May 22, 2012 5:49 AM
    amk-aka-Phantom*Leech. And no, I don't see why people should "pay" for this crappy experience, no matter how much fun the game is. I checked: the game costs $70 in my area, while it costs $60 everywhere else. Why is that? Normally all the games are much cheaper here (got ME3 N7 Digital Deluxe Edition for $40 while it's $70 or so in US), and combined with all the issues, this is a no-deal for me. I will be sure to download the cracked version if it ever comes out, though, and see what's the hype about. And then if they drop the price to a decent point in my area and fix all the BS, I might even buy it.

    Yeah i know, ever since EA released BF3 for 1500 bucks, PC game prices have shot through the roof...
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    boju , May 22, 2012 5:53 AM
    "A good sign that the connection loss is a hijack attempt and not just a server error is if you are also having trouble surfing the web (i.e. slow connections, or can't load pages)," he continues. "People are reporting that their IP is getting DDOSed to prevent them from relogging into Diablo 3 and thus getting a new session and stopping the attack."

    Ok so this game is turning into or is a Trojan horse..... Class action lawsuit of extreme breach of privacy heading your way blizzard!!!
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    wildkitten , May 22, 2012 5:54 AM
    This one can't be swept under the rug. Joystiq just had an article that even employees of gaming magazines are suffering this and because WoW uses the same authenticator system, it's not happening to WoW accounts.

    Either someone is investing a lot of money into doing widespread MitM attacks or someone found a way to bypass the authentication system.
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    yezster , May 22, 2012 5:57 AM
    Tsk Tsk Tsk!!! woh! this is supposed to be a game... that's what happens when we invest real money on virtual BS items... :( 
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    boyabunda , May 22, 2012 5:58 AM
    Quote:
    So... Game = Bad, therefore pirate? Guy's right, you're an absolute leech. If you think the pricing is unfair, order from Amazon or something. If you think that the fact that you don't like the game's experience entitles you to a free copy, then you are completely delusional. If you don't want to buy the game, then don't buy it AND don't play it. If you want to play it, buy it.


    I will download the cracked version because I do not have a constant internet connection.
    Also, Activision-Blizzard Inc. is greedy. That is all.
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    mrpijey , May 22, 2012 6:18 AM
    Quote:
    It used to be that in the past when a game was released, it was pretty much done. Never had any problems with Doom, Duke 3d, Quake, Unreal or any of the great shareware games of the day, even without their patches. Now its obligatory to wait for the players to do ALL the testing for the game and MAYBE 3 - 4 patches later, the game will work as it should. I'm never buying games on launch day ever again.

    Perhaps you should put things into perspective... Duke3D, Doom etc were coded by 3-4 guys, done over a few months and fit on a floppy or two. Todays games employs thousands of people, costs in the millions to develop and take years to put into shape. Not to mention the far greater tech employed into the games. Also, those games you mentioned had their amount of patches and serious bugs too, but it's a lot easier to debug some 20-30MB of code than several gigabytes of code. I've worked with these things, debugging Doom could be done in a weekend over a few cups of coffee, would you be able to do the same with Diablo 3? Or any modern game for that matter?

    Either way, this Diablo 3 flaw is serious and it will only escalate as long as there is real money in it, which is why I am opposed to the real money AH. If it doesn't attract a bunch of idiot chinese gold farmers it will attract any a-hole to destroy the game for their own personal greed.

    Non_turbo: Seriously, review your text or get a dictionary. I also didn't understand half of it.
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