WoW, What a Massacre! Hackers Go On World of Warcraft Rampage

This past weekend hackers caused chaos in World of Warcraft when they used a security vulnerability to kill thousands of player characters.

Thousands of World of Warcraft players logging into their accounts this past Sunday were reportedly met with a frustrating play session, watching helplessly as their characters succumbed to unknown causes. As a result, corpses were piled high in the virtual streets and avenues of WoW cities like Stormwind and Orgrimmar.

Blizzard says that hackers caused the virtual massacre by exploiting a flaw in the game, though the firm isn’t providing details on what caused the vulnerability.

“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,” noted a Blizzard player forum moderator.

Thankfully, it appears Blizzard has “hotfixed” the problem and the firm says “it should not be repeatable.” Company representatives added that “It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.”

The good news is that World of Warcraft players affected by the bug will keep their virtual valuables. Players will be able to resurrect their characters without experiencing any long-term impact.

Still, many players expressed frustration with the hack. “They really should face legal action if Blizzard can track them down by home address. This amount of disruption really is beyond just a minor thing,” noted one player on Blizzard’s WoW forum.

Blizzard says it’s investigating the situation and encourages anyone with information about the hack to email hacks@blizzard.com.

The firm might want to first check out the site Ownedcore, which has since claimed responsibility for the hack. “Some people liked it…and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad),” noted an Ownedcore representative.

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