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Blizzard Seeking Hacker Behind WoW Insta-Kill Massacre

By - Source: Joystiq | B 63 comments

Hackers took advantage of an exploit and began killing players and NPCs in many populated realms.

It's almost like the opening to an epic fantasy-horror movie.

A lone adventurer wanders into a city, looking for supplies, a place to sleep. The streets are many and long, lined with stone buildings highlighted by the yellow light of lanterns hanging from their posts in each direction.

As he moves deeper into the city, he notices an increasing number of dead bodies scattered across the stone foundation. Locals and visitors alike begin to suddenly drop; bodies fall from the sky like a rain of dead.

Only one ghostly figure stands unaffected by the sudden death, laughing, approaching with an evil, purple energy.

This is what happened in World of Warcraft over the weekend. Cities became washed with a sea of virtual dead bodies – both player-controlled and NPCs. It didn't happen in just one random location either like some twisted planned event by Blizzard: death came to Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, Twisting Nether and other servers.

It was a World of Warcraft massacre.... for about four hours.

Videos and personal accounts blamed the virtual apocalypse on hackers. Level 1 characters were reportedly executing a script that invoked a spell called Aura of Gold. This spell had enough punch to kill anyone with one hit no matter their level or armor class.

Blizzard confirmed that this sudden carnage was caused by a hack, reporting that certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, "resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities."

"This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable," Blizzard added. "It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth."

Blizzard said it's taking this insta-kill action seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation. Anyone with information leading to the hackers behind the virtual massacre should contact the company here.

But Blizzard may not have to look far. Someone named "Jadd" is claiming responsibility for the hack over on the Ownedcore forum. "We didn't do any permanent damage," he writes. "Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch (sodapoppin), and some people didn't. The people who didn't should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad)."

"It's not like I added 20000000 gold to everyone's inventory, and broke the economy; but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies, who are doing this every day. Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It's not us," Jadd adds. "That's my justification."

Thousands of characters were reportedly slain in the virtual massacre of 2012.

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    echondo , October 9, 2012 9:11 AM
    Reminds me of that one South Park episode...
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    nbelote , October 9, 2012 12:05 PM
    Eric Cartman: [shouting at Stan, Kyle, and Kenny playing basketball] What the hell are you guys doing? Don't tell me you all quit playing World of Warcraft, too?

    Stan Marsh: Dude, we're done! We're sick of getting killed all the time!

    Eric Cartman: Guys! When things look bad you can't just give up on the World... of Warcraft...

    Kyle: We don't have a choice, dude. That guy killed our characters 14 times.

    Eric Cartman: I have a solution, you guys. That guy can kill us so easily because he's a super-high level, right? But if we were super-high level, too...?

    Stan Marsh: We can't get to a higher level because that dude doesn't let us finish quests!

    Eric Cartman: That's why we need to just log in and stay in the forest, killing boars...

    Kyle: [looking at Cartman in disbelief] Boars...?

    Eric Cartman: There's lots of computer-generated boars in Warcraft that die with just one blow...

    Kyle: [trying to convince Cartman to give it up] Dude! Boars are only worth two experience points a piece. Do you know how many we would have to kill to get up 30 levels?

    Eric Cartman: [pulls out a piece of paper] Yes. 65,340,285, which should take us 7 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes, giving ourselves 3 hours a night to sleep. What do you say, guys? You can jus... you can just hang outside in the sun all day tossing a ball around. Or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters...
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    cats_Paw , October 9, 2012 9:47 AM
    Blizzard takes a joke as a problem, but millions of players not beeing able to play sc2 or diablo 3 is acceptable. Its even hard to try to blame blizzard for their wrong moves anymore, as they only do wrong moves.
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  • 54 Hide
    echondo , October 9, 2012 9:11 AM
    Reminds me of that one South Park episode...
  • 9 Hide
    EDVINASM , October 9, 2012 9:24 AM
    Now that's funny :-) Maybe this will finally convince 'hardcore' fans to leave the game for something else. Everyone was complaining but staying due to history in the game.
  • 9 Hide
    memadmax , October 9, 2012 9:24 AM
    Make love, not warcrack....
  • 28 Hide
    neon871 , October 9, 2012 9:31 AM
    This would never happen in Leisure Suit Larry..........
  • 16 Hide
    antas , October 9, 2012 9:37 AM
    Epic :)  Although if I'm playing WoW, especially on those hours of raining death, I would rage :D  Thanks God, I'm not playing WoW :) 
  • 33 Hide
    cats_Paw , October 9, 2012 9:47 AM
    Blizzard takes a joke as a problem, but millions of players not beeing able to play sc2 or diablo 3 is acceptable. Its even hard to try to blame blizzard for their wrong moves anymore, as they only do wrong moves.
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    bluekoala , October 9, 2012 9:50 AM
    And this is possibly the worst thing that's happenned in someone's life....
  • 21 Hide
    dormantreign , October 9, 2012 9:58 AM
    Best hack i ever saw.....I wish it would have happen on my realm. Props to the hacker on this one, no real damage was done and id say it made a few people laugh.
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    digiex , October 9, 2012 10:17 AM
    This is actually happening in Syria right now, Bashar is invoking Aura of Death to its citizens.
  • 16 Hide
    ikefu , October 9, 2012 11:24 AM
    Now if only the hackers could run a script that caused all sub fees to be waived...
  • 10 Hide
    christop , October 9, 2012 11:29 AM
    It is kinda funny to me..
  • 13 Hide
    thecolorblue , October 9, 2012 11:55 AM
    Blizzard is embarrassed... too high on themselves to take this tongue-in-cheek
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    nforce4max , October 9, 2012 12:01 PM
    Blizzard you suck and you suck very hard because you suck. You make games great first then ruin them very slowly overtime so that even three year olds end up playing. As for sc2 and diablo 3 we all know what you want but not everyone is taking the bait.

    More hacks pls :) 

    As for the video there is better from org ;) 
  • 35 Hide
    nbelote , October 9, 2012 12:05 PM
    Eric Cartman: [shouting at Stan, Kyle, and Kenny playing basketball] What the hell are you guys doing? Don't tell me you all quit playing World of Warcraft, too?

    Stan Marsh: Dude, we're done! We're sick of getting killed all the time!

    Eric Cartman: Guys! When things look bad you can't just give up on the World... of Warcraft...

    Kyle: We don't have a choice, dude. That guy killed our characters 14 times.

    Eric Cartman: I have a solution, you guys. That guy can kill us so easily because he's a super-high level, right? But if we were super-high level, too...?

    Stan Marsh: We can't get to a higher level because that dude doesn't let us finish quests!

    Eric Cartman: That's why we need to just log in and stay in the forest, killing boars...

    Kyle: [looking at Cartman in disbelief] Boars...?

    Eric Cartman: There's lots of computer-generated boars in Warcraft that die with just one blow...

    Kyle: [trying to convince Cartman to give it up] Dude! Boars are only worth two experience points a piece. Do you know how many we would have to kill to get up 30 levels?

    Eric Cartman: [pulls out a piece of paper] Yes. 65,340,285, which should take us 7 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes, giving ourselves 3 hours a night to sleep. What do you say, guys? You can jus... you can just hang outside in the sun all day tossing a ball around. Or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters...
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    tomfreak , October 9, 2012 12:06 PM
    tbh this non-game breaking mass dying hack thing isnt really as serious as gold farmer.

    Why soo serious?
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    g00fysmiley , October 9, 2012 12:14 PM
    didn't happen on my server tha ti am aware of btu then again i only play when i get the chance so probably 4-5 hours a week mx... but i would have laughed if it was happening
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    alyoshka , October 9, 2012 12:32 PM
    LMAO.... this is massive...... I'd love to see the expression of the faces of the gamers who virtually die at this instance.....Please someone compile a video on you tube ........PLEASE..........
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    belardo , October 9, 2012 12:49 PM
    I don't play WOW, but I love what happened... cities wiped out. LOL!!

    Imagine the screaming horror of it all... My level 50 Mage! (Darth vader EP3 voice = Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!")

    Check out the Anime: Sword Online
    It takes place in the near future, its a VR-version of WOW. But the creator of the game (Sword Online) has gone nuts and infected everyone with a virus. He glitches the system and everyone sees who they REALLY are... Pretty much most of the hot-sexy female characters are actually GUYS. And of course, some girls are guys.

    To exit the game = death in real life. To get killed in the game = death in real life.
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    A Bad Day , October 9, 2012 12:55 PM
    Don't you lose stuff if you die?...
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