World of Warcraft Hackers Kill Thousands in Minutes

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GoaThief:
No harm is done when you die if I'm not mistaken?

If that's the case that's pretty funny, fair play to the guy but he should face the consequences and not be a coward.

Items have durability, which is lowered when you take damage or die. Being killed by other players doesn't cause durability damage, however, when players die, they have two choices: either run back to their corpse to resurrect themselves, or resurrect at a graveyard.

If they run back to their corpse and resurrect, they'll suffer no penalties, but will likely just die again. Resurrecting at a graveyard causes 25% (I think) durability damage to all your items, which at higher levels costs quite a bit to repair. You also get resurrection sickness for 10 minutes, which lowers all your stats and damage done by 75%. Then there's the fact that, paying a monthly fee to play the game, time is literally money.

I'm sure these guys had fun doing it, but harmless it wasn't.

A WOW genocide !!!!

Ladies and gentlemen we might just be looking at the end of the world

...of warcraft

I was done with wow when the horde got the hot coffee mod and broke pvp ques utterly.

Blizzard seemed not to give a damn then, so i find this funny now, he should get a medal.

Terramax:
Was I the only one who immediately thought of the South Park WoW episode when reading the title?

You are not alone, it's like they knew there'd be this guy who'd do this...I wonder if Blizzard is preparing the Sword of 1000 Truths to give to their champion

Aeshi:
Seems those politicians weren't so incorrect with their "Deaths per Second" comment after all.

On-Topic this isn't anything special, there have been dozen of bugs like this (Kazzak kiting, Reckoning Bomb, Rampage Bomb, Mega Corruption, probably a few more I can't think of right now.)

Indeed. This whole thing reminded me of nothing more than the Hakkar plague. Fond memories...

Man, I heard about this yesterday and was about to log on to join in the dying, but was pretty sure it wasn't on my tiny server, nor would I have gotten there in time. I don't care if I'd have lost cash, it looked funny.

Combustion Kevin:
it's a prank, nothing more, people shouldn't get BANNED over this.

No, they should. It violates the various agreements made with Blizzard that are required to participate in the game.

Meh I've got mixed feelings about this. On one hand that's funny as hell but on the other they did just use a nasty exploit to kill a bunch of people so some sort of action should be taken against them. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.

In before cyber-wow terrorism jokes.

Combustion Kevin:
it's a prank, nothing more, people shouldn't get BANNED over this.

People still pay a monthly fee to play this game (for reasons beyond me). By doing this "prank", the hackers wasted other players' time, which means they wasted their money.
I haven't played this game for a long time and I don't intend to, but I hope that the hackers get banned.

Really wish that people knew the difference between hacking and exploiting...

When you write that somebody hacked the game, everyone immediately assumes Blizzard infrastructure has been compromised in some matter. Instead, it's just a bug exploit...something we see in every game and this is not the first time it has happened in WoW.

Ympulse:
Theres a thing called the sun outside. Go check it out.

Skin Cancer peddling is not cool dude.

Plus you weigh less in the dark. I'm just trying to be healthy.

Doom972:

Combustion Kevin:
it's a prank, nothing more, people shouldn't get BANNED over this.

People still pay a monthly fee to play this game (for reasons beyond me). By doing this "prank", the hackers wasted other players' time, which means they wasted their money.
I haven't played this game for a long time and I don't intend to, but I hope that the hackers get banned.

Wastes in game money too, dying at 85 costs between 20-40 gold depending on your gear, that's a substantial hit to folks like me who don't necessarily obsess over the game.

Ympulse:

Seriously this script kiddie makes a valid point on his "excuse" and you rage at him as if he tried to steal your grandmother's purse or someshit.

What was "valid" about 'Gold sellers exist' as an excuse?

Combustion Kevin:
it's a prank, nothing more, people shouldn't get BANNED over this.

Yea, how DARE a game have Terms of Service and try to enforce them! The bastards! /sarcasma

Yes because a company can identify a problem, report it, get the programmers in, find the issue, fix it, release a fix and reset the servers and user clients instantly. Asshole, Blizzard doesn't have live feeds of every single thing at the same time, it takes time to fix things saying "they didn't fix it yet" is not a good justification. Also saying that "at least its not as bad as gold farming" does not make your actions any less bad. God, I hate hacker logic its so full of idiocy.

Terramax:
Was I the only one who immediately thought of the South Park WoW episode when reading the title?

Nope, and it is because of that memory that this incident made me laugh. A lot.

Hell, even if I was part of the killed people, I'd laugh.

SL33TBL1ND:

Seventh Actuality:
Why these people feel the need to rationalize and defend this is beyond me. You found a hack, you used it for the lulz and had fun pissing a lot of people off. There's no need to start with the "b-b-but we're not really hurting anyone and it's Blizzard's fault really!"

I guess he must have let the forum rage get to him, which is a pretty shitty quality in a troll.

It was probably more along the lines of "Blizz shouldn't ban us because of this."

I truly hope they are at least suspended from the game for this. They say it was only "inconvenient" to other players, but some players, who have a life, might only get a couple hours each day too play, and causing them too lose 30min of play time is still cutting their time by a quarter.

I feel like I'm reading about that one South Park episode. hahaha

Why didn't anyone log on their Horde alt and just fly to SW and and kill them?

Or why not just tell people on Horde side about this, so that they could come over to SW and kill them 2....jeez not hard

I was soo late to this party that I have never heard of this until this article and a post on kym. I was honestly out and about playing the game, didn't have time to sit around the capitols, get killed, and listen to trade chat about their favorite things before someone comes in with another hilarious mention of Thunderfury.

As for any 'punishment' doled out by blizzard to the exploiters, it is in the ToS that we arn't allowed to abuse exploits unless we are completely unaware of their nature, in essense, when you call yourself part of a 'group' doing the deed or being a 'haxploiter' then you've already outted yourself to the Blizzard 'play nice police.'

Initially this got my hopes up that a hacker had ruined a bunch of accounts, which oddly made me feel a little aroused.

Does that make me a bad person?
/Rhetorical

Helmholtz Watson:
I feel like I'm reading about that one South Park episode. hahaha

It's a good thing they got the Sword of a Thousand Truths in to stop the madness.

I expected to see hundreds of elves running in terror, or people banding together to defend themselves but people were just standing around and watching. I guess mass killings aren't as common in the World of Warcraft as they are in real life. A good thing I think. Let them take out those urges here.

Gilhelmi:

SL33TBL1ND:

Seventh Actuality:
Why these people feel the need to rationalize and defend this is beyond me. You found a hack, you used it for the lulz and had fun pissing a lot of people off. There's no need to start with the "b-b-but we're not really hurting anyone and it's Blizzard's fault really!"

I guess he must have let the forum rage get to him, which is a pretty shitty quality in a troll.

It was probably more along the lines of "Blizz shouldn't ban us because of this."

I truly hope they are at least suspended from the game for this. They say it was only "inconvenient" to other players, but some players, who have a life, might only get a couple hours each day too play, and causing them too lose 30min of play time is still cutting their time by a quarter.

I would say a suspension is just about the right punishment here. A ban would be going too far (they didn't do any real damage, after all), but a suspension would send the message that screwing with other players' experiences is not on.

scw55:
It's a massive inconvenience. You're wasting other player's time. It might be amusing but it's also a dick thing to do.

I don't know. It's like tying someone's car up with string so they can't get in. And the only way to get in is to cut the string. It's malicious.

Saying "It's not like we flooded the economy" is a weak excuse. It's like when being arrested for assault "It's not like I killed him".
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There was an exploit which was legitimate which was hot fixed and was funny. But it harmed no one.

Get a Shaman with Fire Nova Totem. Place it on the floor. At about 1 second remaining, log out. This causes your totem to turn neutral upon detonation. This hurts all npcs in the radius.

If you were max level, this would 1 shot level 1s. You know those gold spammers that used to hang around the mailbox outside the bank? Sadly Blizzard didn't agree with players taking the gold spammers into their own hands and removed the exploit and suspended a few players.

Apparently some level 1 bank alts died in the war, but they shouldn't have been there to begin with.

I might be reading this wrong but did you just compare wasting a couple minutes of someone who is already just hanging out in the center of stormwind's time with assaulting someone?

I think the main part of the whole it's blizzards own fault and we shouldn't be banned stance is the fact that it's part of the game, it's an exploit or a glitch not a genuine hack or hostile take over or something like that and since it didn't cause any permanent damage it shouldn't result in a permanent punishment like being banned.

It's a lot closer to sitting at a street light on a busy street and constantly pushing the cross button so the light changes more often and holds up traffic than it is to something like assault since the only harm it ever really caused or even could cause is wasting a few minutes of someones time and society laid it out right in front of them to use in the first place. it's a prank not a crime and should be treated as such, maybe a couple of weeks suspension or something of the like.

on a side note blizzard themselves did something pretty akin to this during the whole deathwing event, he would randomly swoop down and kill you then mock you about it. the big difference was this was while you were actively DOING stuff meaning you weren't just sitting in the middle of the city waiting for shit to happen. ACTUALLY there was an event planned by blizzard that was even closer to this, right before the release of the burning crusade they had a giant demon attack stormwind and orgrimar that reportdly killed thousands of players.

excalipoor:
If they run back to their corpse and resurrect, they'll suffer no penalties, but will likely just die again. Resurrecting at a graveyard causes 25% (I think) durability damage to all your items, which at higher levels costs quite a bit to repair. You also get resurrection sickness for 10 minutes, which lowers all your stats and damage done by 75%. Then there's the fact that, paying a monthly fee to play the game, time is literally money.

I'm sure these guys had fun doing it, but harmless it wasn't.

I admit, I laughed when I saw the video. People are standing around in capital cities doing practically nothing - I fail to see how "time is money" when they're actively and inherently wasting it on a video game.

Unless you want to reinforce the stereotype that WoW is "serious business", this really isn't that big a deal. The image of the skeletons piling up in the towns is hilarious enough to warrant the comparatively minor loss of durability, and it does have roots (as mentioned above) in stunts Blizzard themselves has pulled in the past.

On the flipside, the hacker is an idiot for exposing himself, even on an exploit board. If your justification can't pass muster, don't say anything in the first place.

I think it's funnier imagining those players with no sense of humor going "OMG this is NOT funny, they seriously hindered my experience and should be punished!!!11"

Okay I was literally online while it was happening, a sea of corpses around my feet.

It WAS funny. Trade chat just about exploded from all the WTF.

But it is bannable. Expect no less.

BEHOLD, THE SEA OF DEATH:

Mangles69:
Why didn't anyone log on their Horde alt and just fly to SW and and kill them?

Or why not just tell people on Horde side about this, so that they could come over to SW and kill them 2....jeez not hard

As you can see above, we had problems too.

Couldn't care less about the game or what happens to the people with the exploit.

But my god, watching that video was pretty damn hilarious.

crazyrabbits:
I admit, I laughed when I saw the video. People are standing around in capital cities doing practically nothing - I fail to see how "time is money" when they're actively and inherently wasting it on a video game.

Unless you want to reinforce the stereotype that WoW is "serious business", this really isn't that big a deal. The image of the skeletons piling up in the towns is hilarious enough to warrant the comparatively minor loss of durability, and it does have roots (as mentioned above) in stunts Blizzard themselves has pulled in the past.

On the flipside, the hacker is an idiot for exposing himself, even on an exploit board. If your justification can't pass muster, don't say anything in the first place.

I can think of a few other things that are inherently worthless, that still require payment by the minute/hour/month/whatnot. You're paying for your time. Someone's wasting it. Someone not you.

You don't have to make it "serious business" to be mad at someone actively trying to ruin your night. And even then, there are ways to grief that don't involve breaking the game, if you're so inclined. Don't get me wrong: had I been there, I probably would've had a laugh about it. But an exploit is an exploit, and I think a ban is completely deserved here. I find it amazing that someone would pull shit like this and not expect it to have repercussions.

Fappy:
*Takes out old man cane*

Back in my day you had to get creative to cause this kind of havoc on a server. Kids these days just push a button that kills everyone in sight. Hardly inspired.

*Thinks back to Paladin Bubble AIDs epidemic*

Yep and back then it was all the more sweet because rather than everyone just dying you got to see them scatter and run for their lives from the fuck-massive dragon you spent two and a half hours kiting to Ironforge/Orgrimmar. Or the huge-ass Demon Lord that you could kite from near the Dark Portal all the way to Stormwind.

It's kind of like how the Saw movies would be hardly as interesting if the victims had no chance to survive whatsoever. It's just like "Oh everyone dies, the end" and that's not fun.

Speaking of epidemics, I remember that one epidemic when Hunters could infect their pets with the plague from a ZG boss and hearth back to town and watch as it spread. THAT was funny, this would be annoying at best.

EDIT: Annnnd I just read the rest of the thread and wow some of you guys need to chill the fuck out. If there is ANY game where death is inconsequential at all, it is WoW. All you have to do is ask the Spirit Healer to revive you fail being able to run back to your corpse. You don't even lose much gold at all, if you're worried about 20-40g then you haven't done your weekly quests, you make half that off a single 5 minute quest.

Damn, i wish i would have been there
And last time i checked, even slightly bending the rules is enough to get permabanned, pretty funny if they beg for mercy

Very nice greifing.

The justification is lame. They should be accepting that they're outright asses and reveling in the attention.

Anyone whining about this, the only ting lost was time. If this had been EQ or an older MMO and not been GM Deathtouch the repeated deaths would have caused massive exp loss totally thousands of man-hours of time lost while setting customer service on fire requiring a server reset.

It would have cause huge harm.... and WoW is so tame that it was completely rendered impossible to accomplish. There's a reason I stopped playing that game after less than six months.

Had it been it would have gone down with Lord British's assassination on UO and the greatest betrayals on Eve.

People whining about the death penalties, please, this is Wow. Be happy these people didn't have to start looking for their corpse in not only a pile of other peoples corpses but their own.

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