there has been a lot of this going on lately..... just off the top of my head i can think of about 2-3 players that i know that claim their account was hacked... but of the ppl i can think of, each have stated that they gave out their pw, who then gave it to someone else and eventually fell into the wrong hands.
sucks that SE cant/wont do much to help ensure the security of our accounts that most of us have invested so much time in.... that is why i've decided that if my account ever gets hacked, that will be a clear sign for me to walk away from ffxi. i've been playing too long anyway, have accomplished most of my goals, and probably shouldve quit a long time ago. so if someone hacked my account, just the thought of starting over again is too exhausting to bare.
on that note; if someone did hack my account, they wont find much anyway. like 85% of my gear is rare/xp, and i hardly ever have gil lol... so they wont be stealing much. i dont even have leet crafting skills :P
you know whats even more stupid? someone in my linkshell who's name i'll leave anonymous, recently got hacked... its somewhat unclear how exactly someone else got ahold of his pw, but we believe he gave it to a friend, who then passed it out to another player in a plot to steal all his gear and getting a cut of the profit himself while trying to remain innocent.
well, to make the long story short... the person that stole the gear was basicly caught bragging about how they stole so much gear from so and so. there were even screenshots taken from that chat log, and GM's wouldnt do sh*t about it. and when that person found out that GM's wouldnt/couldnt do sh*t to him, he even proudly placed it on his search comment and wrote something like:
"x's persons gear hand-to-hand: O
i stole "x" persons gear
pretty shameful huh? so yeah... btw, the two individuals involved in the theft were recent server transfers... which brings me to my next point, dont recruit server hoppers, they probably left their old server for a reason. especially when they show up loaded with sh*t like k.clubs and other leet gear.