If you’ve been playing Mortal Online this spring or summer, you should probably be aware that a troubling data breach that happened last month has possibly compromised some of your information. The team assured players that the hackers didn’t gain access to any credit card information, but still, it’s not a happy day for anyone this affects.
“On June 17th, 2018, we were notified that our databases might have been breached,” the team posted. “At that time, we cut access to the website from the outside and started an investigation.”
Mortal Online’s team said that it is working to shore up the vulnerability that allowed this to happen. Still, if you’ve registered an account with the game, take precautions: “If you used a password on the forums or in the shop that you use on other sites, then change them immediately! We also recommend that you change your account passwords.”
Frustration and rage is bubbling over
on the Black Desert
forums, where players are venting about the ongoing issues of botting and hacks – and Kakao’s purported failure to address these problems and punish the game’s abusers.
“Can’t speak for the new speed hacks, but I know for a fact that Kakao do not care about people using bots/hacks in this game purely because these people also spend money in the cash shops,” wrote one player. “The ban waves are usually for the worst offenders only whilst the majority remain free.”
Of particular consternation among the community are the so-called “Hystria hackers” who have been using speed hacks to farm great amounts of gold. “This is affecting everyone when hackers are freely buying up all the rare resources in market and preordering at insane prices,” another poster noted.
Want to see what a Black Desert hack looks like? Players have been pointing to the following clips, so give them a look after the break.
That nasty little loophole in TERA’s
chat that hackers were exploiting was patched up over the weekend. En Masse deployed a hotfix
on the 11th that corrected “a chat-related vulnerability that allowed the posting of images external to the TERA
client in chat.”
The issue became widespread last week after Redditors and forumgoers spread warnings about the exploit, at which time the studio posted a dire notice about the chat vulnerability to caution players. The team followed this initial warning with a further communique saying that while the vulnerability existed, there was no evidence that it had been used to harm players or access their personal info.
“The developers of TERA were immediately made aware of the vulnerability and they are exploring an appropriate course of action with the highest urgency,” the team posted last week. “There are very serious claims floating around of what this vulnerability potentially allows malicious users to do. We are taking these claims very seriously but, as of this time, we have no evidence that the vulnerability is being exploited in these ways or that any player information has been compromised.”
The World War II MMO Heroes and Generals is fighting more than just the Nazis this week. The team announced that it was performing another ban wave to rid the community of cheaters using third-party software to gain advantages.
“Our policy is zero tolerance, zero leniency, and zero exceptions,” the team said. “Anyone who is found to have, at any point in time, used any kind of third-party software designed to cheat while playing Heroes and Generals will lose their accounts once the cheat has been confirmed. Do not ‘try out’ a cheat, not even once: You will be permanently banned on all accounts.”
We’re all sure you never played Evony, the bland, top-down MMORTS once notorious for its bizarrely sexualized ads (“Start your journey now, my lord!” displayed atop heaving cleavage). But if maybe your friend ever played it, now’s the time to let him know that his account’s been compromised in addition to his dignity. According to Have I Been Pwned?,
“In June 2016, the online multiplayer game Evony was hacked and over 29 million unique accounts were exposed. The attack led to the exposure of usernames, email and IP addresses and MD5 hashes of passwords (without salt).”
It’s all fun and games… until you start selling software to help players cheat, then it’s all lawsuits and court dates.
Blizzard is asking the California district court to pronounce a judgment upon Bossland, the maker of cheat software for World of Warcraft and Overwatch. The game company filed a lawsuit last year against the cheat maker for copyright infringement and unfair competition. Bossland stopped responding to the court, and Blizzard is now asking the court to make a default judgment.
Blizzard claims that Bossland sold over 42,000 hacks in North America, which the studio considers to be worth $8.5 million in damages. “In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00,” the studio posted. “While Blizzard would surely be entitled to seek a larger amount, Blizzard seeks only minimum statutory damages. Blizzard does not seek such damages as a ‘punitive’ measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall.”
At least today, cheating does not
prosper, particularly for those who attempted to circumvent the rules in League of Legends
A court awarded $10 million to Riot Games following a successful lawsuit against LeagueSharp. LeagueSharp was the maker of a service that allowed players to hack the game, artificially accelerate their character’s progress, and see forbidden information.
PC Gamer reports that Riot filed the lawsuit last summer, saying that players were using the service to level and sell characters for profit. The suit concluded in January, and LeagueSharp has been given until February 28th to close it all down. The ruling not only awards $10M to Riot but also bans the software and turns over LeagueSharp’s websites and domains to Riot.
Following the ruling, LeagueSharp warned players that using its software was a good way to get themselves banned from the MOBA.
The business model for Overwatch in Korea is very different than it is here in the USA, which means that there will be at least one person looking at it with longing. After all, there’s something seductive about the idea of not having to buy the game to play, just buying time on a PC in a gaming cafe and making a free account right there. Of course, the result is that the game’s Korean servers are like the wild west, as players can easily make disposable accounts for hacking antics that thoroughly demolish the game’s rules.
It’s like the wild west insofar as it’s a lawless wasteland, that is. The actual wild west featured very few teleporting robots, aimbotting purple French women, or invulnerable British lesbians who could teleport.
In response, Blizzard is changing how the account setups work starting on February 17th, requiring a permanent Battle.net account to log in and play even at a gaming cafe. The hope is that players who hack the game and get banned will then find themselves unable to create further free accounts to harass people who want prefer a version of the game not filled with hacks and nonsense. If you’re reading this while haunting the cafe and hacking your way through the game, know that your days are limited.
OK, cheaters, listen up. You’re jerks, you’re ruining the game for everyone, you’re wasting developer time, which means you’re wasting everyone’s money, you’re not as slick as you think you are, and eventually, you’re gonna get caught, which means you’re wasting your own money.
I’d like to think these are the lessons learned by the latest round of Overwatch cheaters to whom Blizzard has issued ban slips, but alas.
A forum thread baiting hackers with “OH YES FEED ME THOSE SALTY TEARS” (a sentiment I suspect our readers will share) tells the whole story: Blizzard has clearly been cracking down on specific hacks that advertised themselves as undetactable, including the Overjoint and Highnoon aimbots. As Kotaku pointed out, some of the banned hackers as threatening to sue, which is pretty cute.
Earlier today, Redditors began circulating a forum thread filled with pictures of a character named Gaile Gray running around classic Guild Wars spouting nonsense (and worse). The claim that followed was that Gray, a prominent member of ArenaNet’s community staff, had been hacked. That led to accusations that ArenaNet’s account security is lax, as still other players boasted about having tested the Guild Wars 2 account recovery process to hack other users via social engineering on Anet staff.
We reached out to ArenaNet on the topic; the company has confirmed the hack and issued a statement as follows:
World of Warcraft players beware: There’s a new scam going on that requires a little bit of gullibility and action on the part of the account holder.
Apparently some scammers are impersonating players’ friends and guild members who then ask on flimsy pretenses for the user to post a “/run” command into the game’s chat box. Doing so on the askance of a stranger is akin to opening up an unknown email attachment, as it triggers a script designed or used by the scammer to siphon gold away from the player.
APB: Reloaded’s community manager learned the hard way about the importance of account security, as her account was hacked over the weekend.
“Yes, my forum/game account was compromised and they thought it would be fun to create havoc,” CM Tiggs said. “We’ve now got it secured and I cleaned up the small mess that they made. Too bad they’re not very smart, because I do know who it was. They were not able to see any account information for players so don’t worry. It is always wise to change your passwords often.”
While the unnamed player had control of her account, he or she made numerous racist comments and forum posts while posting links to a hacker website.
It’s been a little over a week since Overwatch launched, and in that short time Blizzard’s new team shooter has become a bonafide success in the market.
As of yesterday, Overwatch passed its seven millionth player, which represents a lot of revenue for the buy-to-play game. Need some more big numbers before you’ll be impressed? To date, Overwatch players have collectively clocked 119 million hours in the live game and swapped heroes 326 million times.
A small handful of those players won’t be seen in the game any more, however. Over 1,500 Chinese accounts have been permanently banned due to cheating. This is the first wave of bans, with Blizzard obviously sending a message to any players out there who might consider using a hack to gain a competitive advantage.
Curious what the Overwatch experience is like? Read our launch impressions of the super-powered shooter!