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Blizzard Entertainments massive multiplayer game’s virtual city were littered with corpses when some thousand player’s Avatar’s dropped dead suddenly. The incident happened on Sunday and Blizzard Entertainment has blamed it on a hacker’s attack.
Players were horrified to find that they were dead along with the Avatars of other players. Creepy and weird was how one of the players described the scene in his tweet.
Blizzard Entertainment in a statement later in the day confirmed that it was a hacker’s attack and the problem has been hotfixed to prevent any further deaths.
According to Blizzard’s community moderators Naethera wrote on the player forum – “Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. .This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth. As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation,”
Naethera added, and has asked anyone with information to email Blizzard at firstname.lastname@example.org He also apologized for the inconvenience.
The hacking incident has been described as more of a prank than any serious attack. This is primarily because Death in World of Warcraft is more of a bother than a real loss, and different characters can be recreated.
Blizzard has been the target of hackers earlier also. In August servers running its multiplayer gaming service Battle.net had been hacked and put much account information at risk.