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League of Legends compromised; North American accounts and transactions accessed

Riot Games has just issued a letter to League of Legends players revealing that North American account information has been compromised by hackers. According to the message, usernames, email addresses, "salted password hashes," and real names were accessed. Riot insists that password information is...

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Blizzard denies Diablo III authenticator hacking claims

We've been following the mass reports of hackers bypassing passwords and authenticators to rob Diablo III accounts blind, and now we have a new twist on the story. While Blizzard confirmed "an increase in reports of individual account compromises," the studio says it has no hard evidence that hac...

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Guy steals friend's goods in APB, GM offers vigilante justice in return

Account theft and compromise are tragic facts of life in all MMOs, as player BlackJackieChan discovered the other day when he logged into APB: Reloaded and realized that he was wiped out. After posting a tirade on the forums, BlackJackieChan got the attention of a GM, who subsequently investig...

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The Daily Grind: Are you in favor of developer-sanctioned RMT?

The Ottawa Citizen recently did a story on real money trading in MMOs, and it started some interesting conversation here on Massively. There are some who feel that the only way to truly eliminate the problem is to legalize it, so to speak -- cutting down on stolen accounts, shady deals, and ri...

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A cautionary tale of account security in Club Penguin

Many MMO gamers have children who are eager to jump into the online world but are unaware of the dangers that lurk there. While many kid-friendly MMOs have systems to guard children from unwelcome contact and identity theft, they still require the assistance of parents to teach their kids how to be...

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Confessions of a gold scammer and identity thief

"We have met the enemy and he is us." The player identified as "Patrick" is not the malevolent monstrosity we'd like to see. Nor is he a victim of circumstance, at that. He acts for all the world like a perfectly normal gamer, and if you didn't know he'd scammed between $10,000 and $20,000 in a ye...

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CEO of SecurePlay discusses account security

Anyone even slightly in touch with the MMO community is aware that account security has been an even bigger concern than usual for the past few months. While it's more in the forefront of everyone's mind these days, it's important to remember that this isn't a brand new problem. It's very important...

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Anti-Aliased: Hax0red

Today was a beautiful morning. It was a morning filled with sunshine, chirping birds, and a good night's rest. I was up writing late last night, so it was nice to sleep in a little before getting a start on the day. Yet, all cozy naps must come to an end, as I had to get up to man my computer, che...

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Lame scams still profitable in Guild Wars, over 1000 bans every week

Would you fall for this? (Please say 'no'...): A complete stranger approaches you on the sidewalk outside of your bank and shows you a rare coin he says is worth twenty thousand dollars. "I want to just give this coin to you," he says, "but I don't want anyone to know we did this... tax issues, you...

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SOE's advice on keeping your account safe from theft

We can't stress it enough, but most account theft is preventable. Whether you've let your significant other borrow your account for a day, or your password is "12345", just like it is on your luggage, you've probably had a hand in your own account's demise in one way or another. Over at SOE, they'...

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