Post by Deivijs
So i had quit wow some time ago (about 3 months ) and i was pretty bored, so i looked at my paladin armory... http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Hellfire&cn=Lightmare
And i see that i have an odd ret spec active =/ How is this possible, when i logged off with my prot spec with SoC, and wasn't into ret since i didn't have ANY gear or nothing. I even deleted my WoW folder when i did that. Since there are no feed changes i'm left a bit confused... password hasn't changed. I have nod32 anti-virus and everything. And no, nobody i know plays wow, so i haven't told anything anything. Nothing's missing.
I'm just left wondering. WTF is going on? An armory bug?
Post by Deivijs
Aw ;( I seem to have been hacked. Oh well. Just checked battle.net and had an authenticator request. Meh, i guess that explains it. Well, i guess those asians are having fun. Oh well, power to them.
Does suck tho... Think i could get my items restored at the start of Cata? Or should i do it now? Because i don't plan on playing now until Cata, because i've done everything (Yes, 25 LK too on my main) and i don't wanna spend money on WoW till Cata, and no, i don't want to do hard modes.
I did have a lot of alts... That arcane mage i crafted the ilvl 245 bracers/chest that i recelty hit 80 with http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Hellfire&cn=Manacake
Funny thing is, i have no idea how i got hacked. I mean, I have a top of the line firewall and anti-virus and NOTHING can happen in my pc without my permission and i always forbid anything that i don't know for 100% sure that it won't be a logger/virus.
Post by 236yfpjkjhd
Even if you don't plan to play WoW again until the next expansion you need to contact Blizzard immediately and get control of that account back to you.
First, because if you don't you can end up getting it banned like mentioned above and then you'd have to jump through hoops to prove it wasn't you who was playing it at the time and try to get it unlocked again, and:
Second, so that the hackers are stopped misusing it to raise more gold for their shady business.
As to how you might have gotten hacked, did you ever log in on your account, or the blizz WoW forums, battle.net website etc from another location than your home PC? Did you pick a non-obvious account name and password? I mean, even for someone who knows you. It's happened that 'friends' and acquaintances, significant others etc have figured out account names and passwords and then "borrowed" other people's accounts by using social engineering
I don't believe anyone at Blizzard themselves would be able to sell unused accounts; the passwords are probably not even stored on their servers to prevent just this sort of thing from happening.
...So how do they know you've typed the correct password if it's not actually stored on their systems? They use irreversible hash checks
instead. The password you select is run through their hash function the first time you use it and the result is stored; the actual password is discarded. Then when you log in, the password is re-hashed and the result is compared.
You can't go backwards through the hashing algorithm - even if you know exactly which algorithm they used - to re-generate the original password if all you have is the hash. So nobody at Blizzard would be able to sell people's accounts.
That, or the password file on the login server is strongly encrypted, and you can be certain the encryption key is guarded like it unlocked Fort Knox... In a manner of speaking, it actually does! ;)