Diablo 3 Forum Filling with Hacking Complaints; Stolen Items

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.

  • gerchokas
    "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
  • zachusaman
    glad to see this DRM is working, sure accounts are being stolen but hey, they already paid for the game so who cares?
  • 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.
  • bryonhowley
    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.
  • v1ze
    gerchokas57 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 applyYour attempt at mocking others like a high school, teenage, punk blatantly reveals your own insecurity. Most will come to the conclusion that you are embarrassed yourself about that which you're mocking of others to compensate.
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    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.
  • ipwn3r456
    Already? Just 5 days? This is probably even worse then call of duty games....
  • Kamab
    Wasn't the whole online-only feature supposed to prevent this kind of stuff?
  • DroKing
    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.
  • 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