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Turnabout is fair play

March 13, 2010

A quick WoW-oriented post — I have another on my mind, but not written just yet. May not get to that today, as I am working and have a concert to go to later.

Recent activity by hackers against WoW players has introduced an interesting phenomenon. Not only are authenticators being defeated by the use of keylogger viruses, but the hackers are stealing accounts and locking them with their authenticators, locking out the valid users that have been hacked.

A member of my friends’ guild got hacked thusly, and cleverly responded to the new authenticator prompt by typing in false codes until the account locked up. I suppose the hacker was not clever or quick enough to change the account’s password. Their loss; most of the items they tried to steal were still on the hacked toon when it was recovered.

So, word to the wise. Get an authenticator if you can. It’s not ultimate safety, but it helps. If you don’t, and you find yourself staring at an authenticator prompt one day, could be a good way to lock up your account — and then go call Blizzard, because you are now a statistic.

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