World of Warcraft Account Hackers
Has your World of Warcraft account been hacked? Information regarding why hackers are targeting users so aggresively and what you can do to prevent it.
If you play World of Warcraft, chances are you know someone that’s been hacked, that someone may even be you. Far too many World of Warcraft accounts are being hacked these days. Once a malicious person has control of your account, it’s going to be a major headache getting control back. Oftentimes compromised accounts are used for malicious purposes, and eventually end up getting banned by Blizzard. I have heard many stories of players discovering a hacker transferred characters to other realms, or deleted characters all together. I’ve heard of hackers stealing guild officer’s accounts, then stealing tens of thousands of gold from the guild bank, along with all items of value, and eventually removing everyone else from the guild. If you are hacked, you can be sure all your personal gold and items of value are gone.
Why is this happening?
It’s simple really, money. Odds are you have seen the very annoying spam messages from gold sellers offering to sell gold. Where do you think this gold comes from? That’s right, compromised accounts. For many reasons, you should never, ever buy gold. Doing so is cheating, it’s wrong, it’s against the EULA you agreed to, but if that doesn’t matter to you this should: you’re helping perpetuate the problem. As long as there are customers willing to buy gold, there will be hackers stealing accounts and their associated gold and items. If you have ever bought gold you are helping the problem. Just don’t do it, ever.
What can we do about the hackers?
All users need to be vigilant. Blizzard has said repeatedly they will never, ever ask for your user name or password by any means other than the game login and Blizzard website login forms. If you release your password to anyone via email, or via a non Blizzard website, you are going to get hacked. If you receive a suspicious email asking for your username and password, often looking similar to a Blizzard email and often threatening account closure if you do not comply, IT IS A SCAM. Do not ever give your account name and/or password to anyone, even if they claim to be from Blizzard. If you are ever in doubt, call Blizzard and ask for the authenticity of the email/website.