World of Warcraft account thefts rising
Games producer Blizzard has posted a warning on the official World of Warcraft website, stating that the last few days have seen hackers targeting gamer accounts. Both actual game accounts and the iPhone and Android apps, which provide users with access to the Warcraft arsenal, are affected. The apps provide access to the in-game auction house used to buy and sell in-game objects.
According to Blizzard, there has been a large number of recent violations of accounts which do not enjoy the added security provided by an 'authenticator'. The authenticator generates a specific, unique sequence of characters valid for a single sign-on only. The software required is available as a free smartphone app.
Blizzard does not reveal exactly how many accounts have been compromised. The company says it is in the process of informing account holders whose accounts show signs of unauthorised access. As a result of the attacks, it has temporarily blocked access to the World of Warcraft auction house. Blizzard has promised to restore stolen in-game items and gold to hacked accounts.