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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 4:02PM ultimateq said

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I am kind of glad I'm not playing Aion right now. There seems to be a lot of bad stuff going on.

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 4:08PM Barinthos said

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Same. I would be a bit more concerned about this news but I canceled my Aion account a couple months ago. But it's still pretty creepy.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 4:12PM (Unverified) said

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Why would hackers want to abscond with emo mail accounts?

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 4:59PM Jeromai said

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It's the illegal RMT war. Aion must be a huge market for the gold-sellers and botting companies to take this much trouble over it.

With the recent crackdown on bots and accounts banned for RMT activities, it's now turned into a tidal wave of phishing attempts to get normal Aion players to cough up their usernames and passwords, so that their accounts can be hacked, gear stolen and sold for gold/kinah, and used to bot for even more gold/kinah.

They're sending phishing tells in-game, saying "Your account has been banned for participating in RMT and botting, please go to (legitimate-looking NCsoft website) to contact support."

A guildmate's wife fell for a phishing email. "(random IP address) has been detected using your account. Please go to (legitimate-looking NCsoft website) to change your password." Next day, we found his character botting.

And I thought the goldspam in Warhammer Online was bad...

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 5:03PM (Unverified) said

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I find it interesting that despite this attack that my own account has neither been breached or phished. It seems to me that even on the popular methods to bother a person with goldspam ads are very rare, at least not what I've seen. I suspect they still bother people at the faction capitals, but I haven't encountered any here on my server even farming for drops and tradeskill components. Although, their presence is felt in one area for sure: the auction house. Things have gone up to stupid levels since release in terms of price. An average level 14 weapon would usually go for maybe... 10k kinah, no problems. But now that's just a rare drop in price, it's usually 20k kinah or even possibly higher (for greens). So, it's just a weird situation on my server as such presence is very subtle, but still observable as such.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 5:49PM (Unverified) said

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I wonder how many people used the same Aion account login name/password to create their account on AionSource? If personal data -- including the login name (and, maybe but I would hope it was strongly encrypted, password) -- was lifted from AionSource it may explain why there were so many reports of cracked accounts by people claiming they have never bought kinah, paid for power-levelling services, or even gone to a shady site. I bet many gamers use weak passwords so, once the login name was known, their accounts could be cracked with "brute force" techniques.

ps. And to think that, by default, Star Trek On-Line makes the login name VISIBLE in-game! :-o

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 5:55PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Correction: Star Trek Online displays your global handle after your character name, not your account name.

Global handle is displayed.

Account name is not the same as global handle, and is only used to log in.

Very large difference. ^_^
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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 6:13PM (Unverified) said

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Large difference, I agree, but your global chat handle (as it was known in CoX; also developed by Cryptic) *defaults* to your login name and the account creation UI does not (strongly) suggest that they be different. I suspect most STO players have the same login name as their global chat handle.

IIRC, in CoX, your global chat handle was only visible when you asked someone or were asked to be global/account-level friends -- which required permission from both parties. Normal, character-level friends did not require permission nor did it reveal the global chat handle.

Anyway, I still suspect the breach at AionSource lead to more than one Aion account being cracked -- and by direct attack -- not via a phishing scam.

ps. Hacker != Cracker.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 7:48PM TheJackman said

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Aion is a big fail game not like it sucks or anything (you may disagree) but for client service! Client service is on the top of my list when I am talking about MMO I need this service to help me ingame and outgame when ever I run into a problem or got my account hacked.... Aion got none or they are pretty good at hiding it!!

Posted: Jan 30th 2010 6:55AM (Unverified) said

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The game has been the home to goldspam since it's inception (at least open beta/headstart release) in the West. The developers were not proactive enough to stamp down the activity and the various security issues NCSoft has had around this game have just made it worse.

The game is compromised from the ground up and any savvy or security-conscious player should just cancel their account, change the passwords to gibberish, and forget the game all together.

Posted: Jan 30th 2010 1:29PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for helping us get the word out-

Many websites have been compromised over the last week and we were unfortunately one of them.

Users of any fansite should never use the same login/password as they use for their e-mail or game account. Also, please educate yourself on the ways to detect phishing schemes. We've since posted some images of the phishing e-mails, so please take a look at those and -never- trust the link that you see. Always check your address bar before entering your credentials anywhere.

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