Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey
Diablo 3 Users Report Hacking, Blizzard Responds
For the most part, this past week has been going relatively well for Blizzard and Diablo III. Sure, we had a few hiccups at launch, but that’s really to be expected when releasing a game with high server demands. Lately, however, it seems that another issue has surfaced.
Users on the Battle.net forums have been reporting hacked accounts with missing gold and items.
Blizzard acknowledged the hacking by saying, “Historically, the release of a new game — such as a World of Warcraft expansion — will result in an increase in reports of individual account compromises, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now with Diablo 3.”
“We know how frustrating it can be to become the victim of account theft, and as always, we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to help our players keep their Battle.net accounts safe — and we appreciate everyone who’s doing their part to help protect their accounts as well,” Lylirra, Blizzard community manager said.
Account hacking isn’t atypical in any way, and Blizzard has taken steps to help users add more protection to their accounts in the forms of a Battle.net Authenticator. But even the extra protection of the authenticator isn’t enough to completely prevent the hacks, as gamers and journalists have reported. You can bet that I was fast logging in this morning when the news broke to me. For those who care, my stuff is safe.
Too bad the same can’t be said about Examiner.com’s Tara Swadley, who logged in to discover loot bags are now significantly lighter. To add to that, Swadley wrote that she uses the Batle.net authenticator.
In her article, she dropped several names that users have reported to have “mysteriously” been added to their friends list. If you see “leyiong”, “Nevin”, “SBJunkie”, “luckllezz”, or “McLeast”, chances are you may have become a victim.
The best way to make sure that you are able to avoid your account being taken and squeezed dry is by using the Battle.net authenticator. Though it isn’t perfect, as we have now seen, it is an extra layer of protection that adds an extra barrier between your precious +67 strength gauntlets and the greedy bastards that want it.
Blizzard has recently unveiled another method of account protection in the form of Battle.net SMS Protect, which links a user’s account to a text-based cell phone.