With the addition of Battle.net and authenticators, one would think that the age of mass password hacks would be over, sadly they are not. With virtual gold that’s often times worth more than some actual real world currencies, hacking a World of Warcraft or Diablo account can be worth a lot of REAL money. For instance in China, the average person is currently making around 665 Yuans a month or $104 U.S. (source) . This would mean that the theft of $100,000 WOW gold could net a Blizzard account pirate a month’s pay in China (as the average exchange rate is $10 for 10,000 WOW gold). If no market existed, the hacking wouldn’t be half as bad as it is today
If you’ve tried to log into Star Wars Galaxies lately, and let’s face it, for the two of you… and maybe the many more that play DC Universe Online you no longer need to feel left out. Your account data has been compromised too. A customer service notification from Sony Online Entertainment states that login names and hashed passwords, along with all of the regular demographic information has been compromised.
A 2007 database of credit, debit, and bank account numbers is also thought to be compromised. This database only contained information from non-US customers.
Sony believes that no current SOE credit card data were exposed, stating that this data is kept in a “completely separate and secured environment.” <– you should probably just keep that information to yourself in light of recent events.
Anyhow, you know the drill. Check your credit report, watch your credit card activity, hide yo kids, hide yo wife, etc. Stay safe out there kids.