Warcraft Mobile AH Offline, Unauthorized Log-Ins To Blame
Account reset requests are on their way to the affected parties.
"There's been a recent increase in unauthorized World of Warcraft account logins via our website and the World of Warcraft mobile armory app," says Blizzard, as it shuts down the mobile auction house app temporarily. Those whose accounts have been showing signs of unauthorized access - unusual IP addresses, plus lack of an authenticator - have already been sent account reset requests. There's no word on how long the mobile auction house will be down, but customer support will be helping anyone whose in-game items and gold have been affected.
This issue was first reported by WoW Insider, when people started complaining that their mobile armory accounts were being hacked. The hackers were accessing those accounts, and immediately using them to spent vast sums at the Auction House for worthless items. "I felt my phone vibrate so I took it out to see what it was," said one affected user on the Battle.net forums. "Somehow, magically my Mobile Armory app had been opened and as I tried to swap toons on my WoW account, it prevented me from logging in because my mobile armory was logging in."
Blizzard acknowledges that no method of account security is guaranteed. It asks every user to take all possible precautions to secure their machines; even changing the password periodically "adds another defensive barrier."
Auction house trouble again Blizzard? Tsk Tsk.
Everyone wants to see the downside to always on, but no one brings this up. Blizzard has to have the worst security I have ever seen. They are constantly having issues because people's accounts get hacked. Now their own auction house and mobile apps are to blame for account resets. I had stopped playing WoW after only a few months because of this. That and they basically stole money from me on a few occasions with a few temporary account bands. The kicker on those was that I had literally just started paying for the game again like 1 day before, go to sign on to meet up with some friends, and BAM! My account had a temporary 7 day ban on it. Good luck to anyone who plays their games. My best wishes for a smooth play experience.
I played WoW for two years and all I ever got was an email of someone trying to reset my password. Unsuccessfully I might add. And a phishing email written in bad chinglish.
It amazes me that it's still worth some people's time to hack this system for in-game gold and loot. Maybe this beaks everything, but if WoW was less gear based, and didn't take a while to lvl up a character, they could cut down on a lot of this.
Answer three questions:
How many people run a PC without anti-virus software?
How many people run a smartphone without anti-virus software?
Where is the mobile AH app installed?