Hackers slay characters in 'Warcraft' online game

Oct 08, 2012
The new extension of the "World of Warcraft" video game is on sale in a shop in Darmstadt, western Germany, on November 13, 2008. Hackers staged a surprise attack on the online role-playing game World of Warcraft and "killed" some virtual characters, the company operating the game said Monday.

Hackers staged a surprise attack on the online role-playing game World of Warcraft and "killed" some virtual characters, the company operating the game said Monday.

"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," said a blog post by site manager "Nethaera" on Warcraft, which is owned by Blizzard Entertainment.

"This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in and elsewhere in Azeroth."

The posting said that "we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation."

The company apologized to users and asked anyone with information to contact the firm.

The attack apparently began Sunday, according to members of the WoW Insider.

"Something very strange happened on various realms," Olivia Grace wrote on the forum, adding that "everyone in Stormwind and Orgrimmar was killed... It's also been happening on Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, Twisting Nether, and no doubt other servers."

Around 10 million people worldwide pay for the game including several million who have joined the most recent campaign, "the fight for Pandaria."

Players represented by animated characters such as dwarfs, trolls, or humans explore, battle, and take on quests in the game made by Blizzard, a division of Activision.

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Klewch
2.4 / 5 (5) Oct 08, 2012
The image for this article is from an older expansion "Wrath of the Lich King"
The current expansion is "Mists of Pandaria" not "the fight for Pandaria."

Deathclock
2.9 / 5 (7) Oct 08, 2012
Who cares?

For the record, I used to play WoW, serious raider, 2nd best geared lock on my server during WOTLK... but who cares which box cover is shown in the stock photo they got for the article?
TheBoss
5 / 5 (6) Oct 08, 2012
This reminds me of the episode of south park Make love not Warcraft. I wonder if they got the idea from the show Hmmm?
Valentiinro
5 / 5 (6) Oct 08, 2012
Oh no! This could mean the end of the World! ...of Warcraft.
CapitalismPrevails
3 / 5 (6) Oct 08, 2012
This reminds me of the episode of south park Make love not Warcraft. I wonder if they got the idea from the show Hmmm?

They need the The Sword of a Thousand Truths flash drive to save the day.
ziphead
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 08, 2012
This reminds me of the episode of south park Make love not Warcraft. I wonder if they got the idea from the show Hmmm?


...they killed Kenny too? Bastardes.
TheBoss
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 09, 2012
Hahaha, awesome guys awesome :D
Husky
5 / 5 (1) Oct 09, 2012
the guy who did this must be one tough badass....
alfie_null
not rated yet Oct 09, 2012
Suggests a a viable (!) market for virtual life insurance.
Deathclock
1 / 5 (2) Oct 09, 2012
Suggests a a viable (!) market for virtual life insurance.


Except that in games like WoW you lose nothing for dying... other than a few minutes of your time.
Husky
not rated yet Oct 09, 2012
what about your items? did somebody loot a city full of second hand swords and jewels and traded them for bitcoins???
Husky
not rated yet Oct 09, 2012
i wonder if it was an ingame attack by a group of superpowerful multiboxing players combining spells, or some outside deep packet altering (like reset the alive flag), me thinks its fake packet sending from spoofed ip
PhilipJwaever
1 / 5 (3) Oct 14, 2012
even though people's characters have been deleted, blizzard will be able to restore them. so it shouldn't be such a huge problem for people other than a day or two of waiting. haha amazing comments regarding south park btw :D
SteveL
not rated yet Oct 14, 2012
They didn't report anything about toons being deleted, just killed. I played WoW for a while to play with one of my sons. When he quit I quit. It was fun, but basically a huge waste of time.

Hackers are basically modern nerdy hoodlums. I hope they find out who they are, prosecute and take away their toys.
sirchick
not rated yet Oct 14, 2012
Suggests a a viable (!) market for virtual life insurance.


It will be no doubt - a real life company selling this in the future.