Blizzard Teaches You How to Avoid World of Warcraft Account Theft
Article by George Norman
On 04 Feb 2010
World of Warcraft, the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed by Activision Blizzard, is played by millions of people all over the world. World of Warcraft (WOW) is in fact the world's most-subscribed MMORPG and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers. Blizzard would like all the people that play WOW to know that its not all fun and games. There is a real danger lurking in the shadows – account theft.

“Blizzard Entertainment is dedicated to creating the most epic gaming experiences ever; making sure that your information is safe and secure is an important part of that effort. For obvious reasons we cannot discuss details of our internal security measures publicly, but suffice it to say we are confident that our efforts to always remain several steps ahead of account thieves and hackers are paying off,” says Blizzard.


Users need to keep their account safe from account thieves and other dangers. But in order to do this, they need to be informed, they need to know what to watch out for. In this regard Blizzard has created a new webpage that informs World of Warcraft players about the dangers of various types of account theft.

According to Activision, the following types of account theft are mostly to blame. Should a WOW player have his or her account compromised, most times is because of:
  • Sharing account into – the player shares his login info with another player.
  • Phishing emails – emails that claim to originate from Blizzard and trick the player to reveal his login info.
  • Gold sellers and leveling services – by buying gold and soliciting power levelers you could expose yourself to credit card theft, account theft, and you could potentially be banned from WOW.
  • Malicious add-ons – hackers inject viruses, keyloggers and other types of malware into legitimate, player-created add-ons.
  • Malicious websites – specially crafted webpages that attempt to install malware on your computer.

Tags: Blizzard, World of Warcraft, Account theft, Security
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