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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:11PM (Unverified) said

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"Enjoy that upcoming 77.00 dollar charge, Mr. Account Hacker! I know I certainly will!"

Are you stupid enough to believe that credit card really belongs to the hacker? You're in for some trouble if you keep that up.

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:19PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Sarcasm, my friend. Sarcasm.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 3:16AM (Unverified) said

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I read it exactly like he did because just about every time you read about someones account getting hacked it ends similarly to, "on the bright side the hackers are going to pay for my wow".
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Posted: Oct 11th 2009 10:38PM (Unverified) said

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You got fked up..Thats what happens when you give out your password. Stupid account sharing scrub. Gtfo
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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Every time I read one of these, I'm thankful I had the sense to pick up a Blizzard authenticator soon after they were introduced. What a serious bummer. At least you still have your fire festival garb, I guess. :(


Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:27PM (Unverified) said

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Nevermind, I missed that last, key bit of information ;)
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:27PM (Unverified) said

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So.. you quit the game three months ago, posted a screen shot of your cancellation and yet you were still able to get hacked. Did the hackers pay to have the account reinstated?

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:14PM (Unverified) said

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You shouldn't use the credit card, as you'd just be being fraudulent, and risk the chance to being arrested. Impersonating someone is much worse than someone stealing your account.

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:21PM Seraphina Brennan said

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It was, honestly, one of the first things removed when I got my account back. Although, if I could confirm it was the hackers, I'd spam the hell out of it just to annoy them.
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:15PM myr said

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Too bad he'll just do a chargeback with his CC and make you go through getting your account unlocked again. If you even bother, since you've quit.

I've never been hacked myself, but have had several friends that were. In the case of FFXI, before they even had authenticators, they never did get their accounts back because they had imported the game (didn't live in NA).

Kinda sucks when four or five years of gaming goes up in smoke. Kinda kills your spirit to try again...

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:15PM (Unverified) said

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"Enjoy that upcoming 77.00 dollar charge, Mr. Account Hacker! I know I certainly will!"

More likely than not the credit card is stolen. Once the owner of that care sees the charge and issues a chargeback, your account will once again be locked, this time by Blizzard Billing. You may want to call them again and get the payments situated.

On the plus side, getting it locked means hackers can't use it either. I doubt they're going to want to send in a money order to get it reopened.

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:19PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Most likely it is, but Blizzard is already aware that the CC is not mine (as I discussed it with them.) So hopefully the user will be aware that their card has been stolen, if it is a stolen card.

Honestly guys, sarcasm. =)
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:33PM (Unverified) said

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The part that scares me is that you think you picked up a keylogger *somewhere*. Exactly how is that done? By downloading something malicious, a trojan horse or just by visiting the site? What can be done to prevent it? I like to think I practice "safe surfing" but maybe I am just lucky.

Not all games have an extra layer of security and there are on-line accounts far more valuable than a game account that only require a password to access. . .

Maybe this worth investing for an article on Massively?

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 8:30PM Seraphina Brennan said

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I'd say that practicing safe surfing and running with no-scripts enabled would help cut down on that. It doesn't take you downloading something or opening a file to get a keylogger on your system. Believe me, as I don't download anything unless I can verify the source. ESPECIALLY when going to these types of websites.

However, my cousin has gotten his account hacked in Final Fantasy XI simply because there was a hidden script on a well known FFXI data site (like a Wowhead for FFXI) that even the owners didn't catch. This script captured character data while FFXI was running, and they used that script to grab his password when he logged in to hijack his account. Of course, this is only what he told me and I'm just relating it, so I can't verify it, but my account got broken into somehow and it wasn't by signing up for gold farming services or downloading bad files.
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:39PM (Unverified) said

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gees even I could understand the sarscam there :)

Nice article , havent experienced this myself, but it can always happen!

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 6:42PM Vitamin Dei said

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Oh, god. That really, really sucks. Glad things worked out for the best in the long run, though. Probably didn't think you'd be writing a WoW-centric article anytime soon, eh?

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 7:06PM (Unverified) said

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That sucks. The authenticator is a must have. I really hope Blizzard smartens up and makes them available in all stores that carry their game and time cards. Get them out there, put them every where. I know they have the phone app, but they can do more. And promote the damn thing every time someone logs in and doesn't have one. Annoy them to high hell to get one on their account. And require it for future games. Ship it with Starcraft II or Diablo III or WoW Cataclysm.

Posted: Sep 16th 2009 7:30PM Scopique said

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Awww...Looks like the mobile authenticator has been removed from the iTunes App Store. Can't find it in any way, shape or form :(

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 3:19AM (Unverified) said

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You dont want that piece of crap anyway. Just spend the cash end get one from the blizzard store. I know 2 people that have gone through hell over the iPhone mobile authenticator.
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Posted: Sep 16th 2009 8:25PM (Unverified) said

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I work/research (web, email, word processing, spreadsheets, etc) on a "work rig" (plain old pc) running linux and game on a powerful "gaming/music recording/image manipulation" only rig. A KVM switch makes this quite easy, dual monitors with this setup is killer if you can get them. Samba allows you to share files back and forth easily if need be.

It's a great answer to a nagging issue tech oriented professionals deal with.

Sorry to hear about your hack, I've never had it happen to me but I can certainly imagine how upset I would be in your place.


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