Channel: WyCube Channel -> Post: Hack temporarily turns WoW towns into piles of corpses [No. 1383]
The last thing you expect to see when walking into World of Warcraft's many towns and villages is a pile of skeletons stretching as far as the eye can see. Yet that's exactly what some players encountered yesterday morning after hackers found an exploit that let them kill every player and non-player character in the towns of Stormwind and Orgrimmar.
The massacre apparently resulted from a previously unseen exploit that let level one characters access the kill commands for every player and computer-controlled character in the area. A few quick-witted players managed to record video of the massacre as it was happening, showing characters dropping left and right in the formerly safe confines of the cities.
Blizzard quickly issued a hotfix for the exploit, which it says \"should not be repeatable.\" The company is now conducting a \"thorough investigation\" into what it considers a very serious matter. \"We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding,\" community manager Nethaera wrote in an official forum post.
But those behind the attacks think Blizzard should be ashamed they were allowed to happen in the first place. \"We didn't do any permanent damage,\" one of the purported hackers wrote on a forum post tracked down by Eurogamer. \"Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn't. The people who didn't should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (four hours of obvious use is sad).\"
\"It's not like I added 20,000,000 gold to everyone's inventory and broke the economy, but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies who are doing this every day,\" the post continued. \"Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It's not us. That's my justification.\"
While this latest hack isn't nearly as consequential as previous exploits that have exposed player passwords and personal information, it's still a black eye for a game where players need to feel their characters are secure. Given the huge audience of potential griefers trying to find any edge in the game, it's kind of a wonder this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.
Posted at 2012-10-08 19:43:56