Blizzard Announces Security Problems with WoW

Posted Mon, Oct 10, 2005 by Ethec

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A lot of folks were reporting compromised WoW accounts over the weekend, with the source traced to a trojan horse that broadcasts account names and passwords. In at least one case, the account was reportedly sold to an Asisan "gold farmer." While there's no indication from Blizzard of what the root of the problem is (outside of offering some common sense advice), independent sources trace the "syssmss.exe" trojan to a rogue ad displayed on a fansite which infiltrates unsuspecting computers when viewed in IE.
The good news? TTH is, was, and always will be virus-free, leaving you to enjoy your MMOs in peace.

" With the recent rise in reports of compromised accounts, we felt that it would be in the best interest of the community to bring this topic into the spotlight. This is an effort to educate our customers about what can be done to should your account become compromised and most importantly, what you can do to prevent it from becoming compromised. "

As Blizzard appears to be treating this as a client-side issue, WoW gamers should take immediate steps to protect their accounts. Are you secure? Check out the password security update for World of Warcraft at the official site.
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