11,000 Guild Wars 2 Account Hijacked On a Campaign By Chinese Hackers

11,000 Guild Wars 2 Account Hijacked On a Campaign By Chinese Hackers 

After the security breach on GamigoBlizzard yet again online gamer's have fallen victim to cyber criminals. The second sequel of the popular Guild Wars multiplayer online RPG by ArenaNet has been released less than two weeks ago, and player accounts are already being heavily targeted by what seems to be a dedicated account hijacking campaign coming from China. ArenaNet and publisher NCSoft have been in touch to dispute the number of Guild Wars 2 accounts that have been hacked, saying in a statement: "Over the past three days we've received approximately 8,500 new support tickets related to hacked accounts and other blocking login issues." The accounts of an estimated 11,000 Guild Wars 2 players have been hacked - and developer ArenaNet says they only have themselves to blame for not using unique usernames and passwords. In a post on the official Guild Wars 2 Wiki, the developer says that its customer support team is treating the recovery of hacked accounts as a priority, and urges those who have escaped unscathed to change their passwords as a precaution.
"Hackers have lists of email addresses and passwords taken from other games and websites, and collected through spyware, and are systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching accounts," the post reads. "To protect yourself, use a strong, unique password for Guild Wars 2 that you've never used anywhere else. "If your current password isn't unique to Guild Wars 2, change it today. Do not under any circumstances use the same password for Guild Wars 2 as you do for your email account. "We've observed hack attempts against hundreds of thousands of accounts that don't even exist. To protect those people in case they purchase Guild Wars 2 and create an account, we will now disallow customers from picking passwords that we've previously seen used in a hack attempt." 
The company has so far received around 11,000 support requests related to hacked accounts, and is likely to receive more as time goes by, Here we want to draw the attention of our readers that not only  Guild Wars  2 players,  In the last few months we have been a slew of attacks against the following sites: YahooLinkedIn, eHarmonyFormspring, Android Forums, GamigoNvidia, Blizzard and  PhilipsEarlier in 2011 we have seen several other gaming sites became victim of cyber attacks, among them there are Square EnixEidosMapleStory & so onSo all customers are advised to change their passwords now to a long and unique one for Guild Wars 2 that they never before used for any other game or website. 

-Source (Edge, Net Security)


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