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Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected 305

Posted by timothy
from the just-some-reamde-plotlines-nothing-to-worry-about dept.
hypnosec writes "Entire cities in the World of Warcraft have been destroyed with no one spared, not even the NPCs. About 13:00 GMT, forums on WOW started getting the first comments from users regarding players and NPCs dying on the Ragnaros-EU realm in Orgrimmar. Users of the online game started reporting that Draenor had a similar sight to offer. Some of the other realms where this was reported include Tarren Mill, and Twisting Nether." Also at Joystiq, and (with more screenshots) at WCCF Tech, which reports that "it appears the damage is most severe in World of Warcraft European servers."
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Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:43PM (#41578975)

    sounds like a first world problem

  • by Freshly Exhumed (105597) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:45PM (#41578985) Homepage

    G A L A C T U S ! ! !

  • nooooo! (Score:5, Funny)

    by dittbub (2425592) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:45PM (#41578991)
    OH THE HORDEMANITY
  • Oh no! (Score:5, Funny)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:46PM (#41578995)

    This is horrible! Please tell us this won't affect Colleen Lachowicz's campaign for the Senate [reuters.com]!

  • by Andrio (2580551) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:48PM (#41579007)
    ...of Warcraft.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:49PM (#41579023)

    We must find the chosen one and deliver to him the Sword of a Thousand Truths.

  • by the_B0fh (208483)

    did someone take the wrong pill...?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:53PM (#41579059)

    Let's just hope the Chosen Four will again rise, wielding the Sword of a Thousand Truths, to save the World of Warcraft!

  • ...that they have a good backup system in place. I'd hate to face the wrath of *one* user who lost his character.

    • Re:Here's hoping... (Score:5, Informative)

      by jeffasselin (566598) <cormacolinde@@@gmail...com> on Sunday October 07, 2012 @07:18PM (#41579687) Journal

      They're killing characters and npcs, not deleting them. Death is only a short-lived inconvenience in wow.

      Killing npcs is more annoying actually since some can take a while to respawn.

      The issue appears to be a combination of a teleport/wall-hack and the ability to kill any creature, npc or character with a single hit which obviously trivializes the whole game and enables griefing on this kind of epic scale. The hack was apparently found a couple weeks ago but only fixed today with a server restart.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        No, teleport and wall hack has nothing to do with with it. While teleport and wall hacks are included with these 'gm tools' they have access to, the real culprits are developer items in the game that actually have the ability to kill everyone in a zone with one click.

  • oblig (Score:5, Funny)

    by ryen (684684) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @05:54PM (#41579071)
    "I felt a great disturbance in the 'Craft, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were forced to come out of their parent's basement. I fear something productive has happend"
  • neeet! Not a fan of hackers, but if WoW had a way of doing this then sooner of later it would happen.

    • by causality (777677)

      neeet! Not a fan of hackers, but if WoW had a way of doing this then sooner of later it would happen.

      I'm not a fan of much of anything, but I can't help feeling a certain amusement at such events. I imagine it really pisses in the cornflakes of the Type-A control freaks who tend to run large organizations. I think they need to be reminded once in a while that not everything can be commanded and made to comply.

      What would be truly useful is a way to remind them of this without the need for unauthorized access or any other kind of criminal activity. Sadly, corporations are internally arranged as dictato

    • Maybe someone tried this exploit [wikia.com]: 'At Klaus's suggestion, (Hailey) kills Steve's amazing character by saying his name, Agathor, backwards.'
    • by ais523 (1172701)

      Perhaps not, due to the existence of "respawning" in such games (basically, automatically resurrecting a short time after death, typically at a penalty that's significant but not crippling). The virtual pandemic can sustain itself effectively infinitely, as people respawning can catch the corruption again. On the other hand, if everyone is killed instantly as a one-off event, they'll all respawn again some time later; inconvenient but hardly game-ruining. (The problem is more if people do it over and over a

  • Hotfixed (Score:5, Informative)

    by _bug_ (112702) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:00PM (#41579105) Journal

    Blizzard reports [battle.net] the exploit being used has been hotfixed.

  • by mcneely.mike (927221) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:15PM (#41579185)
    Goddamn you, Leroy!!!!! XD
  • More dakka! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Animats (122034) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:19PM (#41579201) Homepage

    Apparently someone discovered a way to do an instant "kill everything" attack and published it. Enough players then used it to kill everything in entire cities. Management has announced that they are doing "rolling restarts" on each realm today. It's not clear if characters will be re-animated, or what.

    Properly, once they fix the bug that allowed a "kill everything" attack, they should resolve the matter in-game. Send in disaster recovery crews with healers, security, carts to haul away the dead...

    • by muphin (842524) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:55PM (#41579459) Homepage
      and then install millimeter wave scanners at every port so all users will be scanned upon entry :p
    • Send in disaster recovery crews with healers, security, carts to haul away the dead..

      Somewhere in a Realm of WoW:

      The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
      [a man puts a body on the cart]
      Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
      The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
      The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
      The Dead Collector: What?
      Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
      The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
      The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
      Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
      The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
      The Dead Coll

  • by Narrowband (2602733) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:35PM (#41579293)
    Sounds like a Charles Stross novel. Did someone rob a bank in the game, too?
  • by Scarletdown (886459) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @06:38PM (#41579309) Journal

    After speculating that the person responsible must be a real badass, police have released this composite sketch of what they think the culprit looks like...

    A Real Badass [photobucket.com]

  • Nude Bomb? (Score:5, Funny)

    by GumphMaster (772693) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @07:21PM (#41579721)

    Am I the only one thinking that a nude bomb [wikipedia.org] would have been a better hack?

  • Dear Diary, (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tastecicles (1153671) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @08:57PM (#41580371)

    I went outside today. Yes, the real, actual outside.

    The graphics were amazing.

    Storyline sucked, though.

  • I am not sure why this was /. newsworthy, but I'll play along.

    After the events of Theramore and Jaina becoming their leader, I would have fully expected something like this to happen, with Jaina at the forefront of the battle.

    She and about a hundred of the Kirin Tor teleport to a city.
    They lay waste to everything in sight.
    They teleport home and claim ignorance of the events.

    People were saying they wanted a pre-expansion event like the undead plague. This makes up for it; just as annoying.

  • You know, to be sure.
  • It was the only way to be sure,

  • by isorox (205688) on Monday October 08, 2012 @04:25AM (#41582333) Homepage Journal

    And nothing of value was lost

    What happened to Tradewars?

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