Online accounts for Blizzard video games hacked

Aug 10, 2012

(AP) — The maker of video games such as "Diablo" and "World of Warcraft" is warning players that hackers have gained unauthorized access to some online accounts.

Entertainment says it has no evidence that the intruders acquired credit card information, billing addresses or ' names.

But hackers were able to access other data, including email addresses and answers to players' personal security questions. Blizzard says it doesn't believe such information alone is enough for anyone to gain access to its Battle.Net online accounts, which let people play with others around the world online.

The company also says took encrypted versions of passwords. As a precaution, it's recommending that players change their passwords.

Blizzard, which is a division of Activision Blizzard Inc., didn't say how many accounts were affected.

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xX_GT_Xx
not rated yet Aug 10, 2012
Not to beat a dead horse, but it seem like every time I turn around, there's another story about what an incredibly bad idea cloud computing is.

It's not that big a secret that game companies such a Blizzard are moving towards required server logins as a means of stifling used game sales and forcing gamers to stop playing older gamers after a fixed period of time. That's why you have to log in to play Diablo III, even in single player mode.

And here we are again. I wonder how much personal information hackers will steal from users who aren't even multi-player gamers, but were only forced to have a server login by Blizzard's stupid strategy?
Lurker2358
not rated yet Aug 10, 2012
Unfortunately, that's the way everything in these days in entertainment and media.

Example.

We pay a cable bill. We pay a cable internet bill.

yet...if you want to watch media online, even though the cable company who you've already paid, TWICE for the service, you will still be watching television commercials...even for a decade old re-run...

Oh yeah, Starcraft 2 is the same way BTW. You can technically play single player offline, but nothing will count towards your feats.

At least it's not pay as you play, like World of Warcraft...

How much does that suck? Buy the game and buy all the expansions, and either way, you still have to pay by the month to play. I imagine some people have foolishly paid close to $1000 dollars for that game by now.

I know how it goes though, I just got ripped by the cell phone company due to hidden charges in the bill, so it figures.

The way all tech and media works today: screw the customer any way possible, and then screw them some more...
Shifty0x88
not rated yet Aug 12, 2012
What really grinds my gears (Family Guy anyone?), is that even with all of this "authentication" bull----, they still cannot secure their servers enough from some hackers.

I mean this isn't just some small company that couldn't afford to secure their programs/servers, this is a multi-billion dollar company.

It's a shame that even the big boys like Sony and Blizzard cannot secure their servers to protect us, the paying customer that allows them to rake in the dough. I mean come on, pay for some security!