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#1 Oct 08 2012 at 5:46 AM Rating: Good
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World of Warcraft cities hacked

Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities.

They appear to have created a character able to destroy those of other players and those controlled by the game.

Game creator Blizzard Activision has appealed for information, but added: "This exploit has already been hot-fixed, so it should not be repeatable."

More than 10 million subscribers play World of Warcraft (WoW), almost half are believed to be in China.

Numbers had dipped from a peak of 12 million in 2010 to 9.1 million at the beginning of 2012, but have swelled since the release at the end of September of an expansion called the Mists of Pandaria.

Writing in an online forum, Blizzard said it was taking the action "very seriously".

"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," wrote a representative going by the name of Nethaera, on Sunday.

Olivia Grace, contributing editor of website WoW Insider, said: "It was a significant hack.

"They discovered a method to roll a level-one [beginner] character, which ran to the major cities.

"We don't know exactly what they did, but somehow they were able to kill every single player's character in that city and every single computer controlled character - and they were doing this repeatedly."

Ms Grace said she believed the same hackers had attacked WoW before but not to this extent, with characters being destroyed again after "reincarnation" as is normal within the confines of the game.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19869466




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Entire cities dead on some World of Warcraft realms

by Olivia Grace Oct 7th 2012 at 3:18PM

This afternoon, Paris time, something very strange happened on various realms. Argent Dawn's forums have a long thread about it, but to cut a long story short, everyone in Stormwind and Orgrimmar was killed, NPCs included. It's also been happening on Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, Twisting Nether, and no doubt other servers.

Of course, rumors abound as to just exactly what happened. Most people point towards it being a hack, and there's some videos out there floating around that give credence to this theory. Has it happened on your realm? What on earth is going on? And what do you think is causing it?

Update: Blizzard has posted on the forums, informing us that this exploit has now been hotfixed.

More screenshots as they come in after the break.


http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/10/07/reports-entire-cities-dead-on-certain-realms/



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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.
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6794031758#1
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#2 Oct 08 2012 at 5:54 AM Rating: Good
That is...great. I remember something like this happening in FFXI, except that he/she targeted the bot fishers and not everyone in the world (his was a small radius, not world wide XD)
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#3 Oct 08 2012 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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Reminds me of the Falador Massacre from Runescape, only a lot less devastating.
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#4 Oct 08 2012 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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Somehow I always evade things like this. I missed the Dk exploit and now I came an hour or so too late to witness this. Only saw a lot of corpses in SW and first thought some Horde had come to visit (stomp on) us.
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#5 Oct 08 2012 at 9:02 AM Rating: Good
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#6 Oct 08 2012 at 9:50 PM Rating: Good
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Kuwoobie wrote:
Nuclear Launch Detected.


Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

TherealLogros wrote:
Somehow I always evade things like this. I missed the Dk exploit and now I came an hour or so too late to witness this. Only saw a lot of corpses in SW and first thought some Horde had come to visit (stomp on) us.


I've evaded most of them, but there was once a Shaman fire nova totem bug that someone got me with (several times).


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#7 Oct 08 2012 at 11:03 PM Rating: Good
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They should turn these things into events. Like a ghoul plague or something where they infect a number of players and let it spread.

Something akin to this from SWTOR.
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#8 Oct 09 2012 at 8:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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Mazra wrote:
Like a ghoul plague or something where they infect a number of players and let it spread.


My first thought was the WotLK launch event and the wonderful fun it was to try and port to Shatt. 5 minutes in the loading screen only to zone in already dead from the plague...

Smiley: disappointed
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#9LokiLoveBug, Posted: Oct 10 2012 at 9:18 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) [b]This whole hacking thing has caused a lot of people grief.
#10 Oct 11 2012 at 8:36 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you would like to provide feedback, Michelle, the appropriate point of contact would be to fill out one of the surveys that should have been generated when your ticket was addressed. While I an empathize with your situations, Michelle, but there is little I can do outside of recommend that you submit a ticket to dispute the closure.

As for policy, under most circumstances they will try to give ample opportunity to correct inappropriate behavior, this is primarily for name and language violations though. Please understand that the penalties are based on the severity of the violation found. The use of specific third party programs is fairly high on that list and little to no "warning" is given for such violations.

Now, with that said, it looks like you already have a ticket in. Hopefully something will turn up that will allow them to overturn it. Good luck.
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