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Diablo 3 Accounts Hacked

Bless you, always-online offline mode.

Blizzard’s controversially DRM-locked single player Diablo 3 has just had a swift kick up the arse – reports are emerging that user accounts are being hacked, and in-game gold is being sold off.

According to Eurogamer – and they’d know because one of their writers fell victim to all this – it all happened on Sunday.

When, as users of the game will remember, Blizzard pulled the game with just thirty minutes notice. At least we know why now, and hopefully it’s all fixed, although naturally users aren’t exactly happy at a game that’s seen numerous issues since its launch last week.

Rumours suggest that it was down to a SQL injection, although nothing has been confirmed yet. Oddly, some are also suggesting that even Authenticator-locked accounts were vulnerable.

“Players have seen the loss of items stored in character inventory and stash,” says the report, “and gold removed as their accounts are stripped bare.”

Single player modes that require online functionality? The future.

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22 Comments
  1. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    So let’s get this straight. Items in a virtual world were stolen that had no real-world monetary value?! The future is most certainly not looking good…

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 18:48.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      real money is meant to be coming soon. regardless, people invest lots of time into their characters.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 18:53.
    • gernboes
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      Read “Halting State” by Charles Stross!

      Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:35.
    • Devil2k
      Member
      Since: Jan 2011

      As with every other MMO there will be lots of people selling money/equipment on ebay on other sites like for LOADS of money.

      It’s a real business and that’s why Blizzard wants in on it with the auction house.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:37.
      • Devil2k
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        and other sites like it*

        Pollen allergy’s killing me:P

        Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:40.
  2. OneShotWook
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    It worked for Valve i guess.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:04.
  3. yogdog
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    They couldn’t have fucked this launch up more if they tried.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:06.
  4. herotoozero
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Slightly concerning authenticator accounts have been hacked, i don’t see how this is possible though.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:10.
  5. herotoozero
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    And as for the 1st post, virtual currency is big business..have you seen how much money is spent on WOW gold?

    Can’t remember the exact estimate but it’s massive.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:11.
  6. Burgess_101
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Thankfully nothing happened to my Brother and I probably because we have nothing of value :P

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:22.
  7. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    The authenticator accounts that were ‘hacked’ were not proper authenticators, they were dial-in authenticators, which are only there to alert you if someone signs into your account from another country. This is easily bypassed via a VPN, naturally.

    Actual authenticators, such as the keychain and the app, have not been hacked.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 19:43.
  8. An-dz
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Its a bad day when you can have your account hacked, then your SINGLE PLAYER charecter gets all his gear/items looted or sold on to another player, who thought up the system that allows this and what were they on/why have they not been fired.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 20:02.
  9. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Diablo 3 just can’t get a break. First the servers end up melting due to the amount of users, which is surprising as Blizzard only did that very large MMO that to this day has yet to be toppled, WOW and therefore they should have known this would happen.

    Then people found out that they can’t play the game due to the must be online to play SP DRM then this.

    Who on earth pays for in game currency? Just who?

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 20:03.
  10. LycanGav
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Anyone not using the proper authenticator is a bit silly really, can get it on your phone. Just common sense.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 20:06.
    • Burgess_101
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      I dont have a phone though :/

      Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 20:33.
    • Kivi95
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      Should not be needed if you play singelplayer.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2012 at 21:32.
      • LycanGav
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        For a game that handles real world cash? Of course it should. Where real money is involved security should always be paramount, for both developers and players.

        Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 09:16.
      • Kivi95
        Member
        Since: Oct 2009

        note ” Singelplayer”

        Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 13:07.

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