Worls of warcraft_account thefts_blogOnline gaming fans and World of Warcraft lovers, be careful! Blizzard, the game producer of World of Warcraft recently issued a warning about hack attacks. Apparently these attacks are taking place across both the game accounts, as well as the mobile apps (iPhone and Android). It’s especially concerning that the apps are a target of cybercriminals, as they provide access to the in-game auction house, which for those of you that aren’t die-hard World of Warcraft fans, is used to buy and sell in-game objects.

According to the warning issued by Blizzard, there have been a significant number of hack attacks on World of Warcraft accounts. It is unclear to what extent the affected accounts have been compromised, but they are in the process of notifying users. Blizzard chose to respond by temporarily blocking access to the auction house, so as to avoid any further damage, and to reduce the number of new victims. As if that wasn’t nice enough, they’ve also announced that they will restore any and all in-game items as well as any gold that was stolen or spent within hacked accounts.

Luckily, there is something you can do about it. Blizzard has identified that the hacks only occurred on accounts that were not utilizing the ‘authenticator’. The ‘authenticator’ offers an additional security step, that makes it harder for hackers to break into your account, it does this by generating a specific, unique sequence of characters that is valid for one sign-on session only. The learning here, and of course the BullGuard recommendation is to immediately reduce your risk of a hack attack by getting a free ‘authenticator’ app. But remember – only download from sites you know and trust, such as iTunes or Google Play!

So why are cybercriminals attacking your gold collection within World of Warcraft? Did you know that 100,000 World of Warcraft virtual gold pieces are worth 75 euros? There’s your reason – the connection between virtual currency and real money. While Blizzard do what they can to prevent such trades by refusing to recognize them, the high demand means that what they do and don’t recognize actually means very little.

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Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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