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Hacker Attack Kills Thousands of WOW Players and Non-player Characters

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Source: World of Warcraft | Official Website

It’s a no-brainer that wars and plagues can wipe out an entire civilization. Strangely enough, it appears that the same thing happened with a number of realms in World of Warcraft. There were reports that hackers took advantage of an exploit, which enabled them to go through various realms in the game. Aside from that, the attackers were able to cause death in every player and non-player characters that they’ve come across.

City Exploit and Sudden Deaths in World of Warcraft

Players from various realms of World of Warcraft, including Orgrimmar and Stormwind, suddenly dropped dead last Sunday due to an exploit. The issue was later acknowledged by Blizzard, and it informed users that the game’s vulnerability is already hotfixed. As stated by their official forum’s community manager:

Earlier today, 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. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email hacks@blizzard.com. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

In relation to this, some users speculated that the people behind the hack attack were also the same people who crashed the servers a few weeks ago. There were those who have been messing around the game for quite some time now.

Prior to this, it was reported last August that the game publisher discovered “unauthorized and illegal access” into their internal network. Although there were no known signs that financial information was stolen, data access includes “a list of email addresses for global Battle.et users, outside of China.” That’s because Chinese servers and accounts were managed by a third party. Also stolen were answers to personal security questions, as well as mobile information and dial-in authenticator.

On the other hand, a YouTube video surfaced on the Web, hilariously showing the hack attack in details. The eight-minute clip shows a character that waltzes through Stormwind and killing everything on his path. Throughout the video, viewers can hear the sounds of characters letting out a gasp of breath for the last time before dropping on the ground.

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