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New computer ships with WoW account-stealing software

A brand new computer shipped out the door with factory-installed software designed to steal World of WarCraft (and presumably any other online game) account information.

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Vault Boy3008d ago

It's amazing how much focus there is on trying to steal WoW accounts. I never thought they'd be worth that much money.

L80BelfDK3008d ago

It's quite the lucrative scam from what I hear. I for one would be devastated if I lost my account or had all my gear stolen.

Milk is for Babies3008d ago

It's all a scam. Blizzard encourages it so they can sell those authenticators and make even more money.

Twizlex3008d ago

Oh geez, here we go with the conspiracy theories...

IdleLeeSiuLung3008d ago

Even more amazing is the fact that this slipped through in the first place. You would think that a computer manufacturer would be a little more careful about how they prepare their software for release....

This certainly isn't the first time something like this has happened to a manufacturer. One of the ones I vaguely remember is Apple with their Ipod.

TheAntiFanboy3008d ago

You DO realize Blizz would give those authenticators out pretty much for free if there weren't shipping or assembly costs involved? If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone, you can download a free authenticator.

Awesome Possum3008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

edit: I just read that it was a NEW computer.

ChampIDC3008d ago

Yeah, it's sad what people will do for getting further in an RPG. I had my account hacked twice, but at least Blizzard is good about recovering your lost items usually.

f7897903008d ago

My friend sold his for $600. You can earn back all the money you spent on the subscription.

Zeevious3007d ago

Blizzard has even waived regional shipping & handling costs.

The device lasts for years...so explain to us all again how the conspirators at Blizzard are racking up that 10-CENTS a month they're getting in profit - AFTER manufacturing & even shipping it to you for FREE?

If this is a conspiracy, may they all be as cheap and helpful...securing gamers from password miners, thieves and crazy conspiracy theorists.

kydrice3007d ago (Edited 3006d ago )

Not only is Blizz scamming us into buying those authenticators but I hear if you go high up enough in the chain of blizz authority it traces all the way back to Obama and even the Vatican. This is all being pulled by the Pope. The authenticators are funding a massive project that the Vatican and Crab people have teamed up to take on. I also hear it's a giant Deathstar being built behind the Moon to blow up Rival MMO company buildings. Obama also has a hand in this for he's going to use the Deathstar to keep the Republicans in check. Death awaits us all.

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h0tz0rz3008d ago

People still play WoW?

L80BelfDK3008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

Yeah, of course! You're crazy if you doubt the power of WoW! The expansion is only a few months old, so it's still new an plenty of people are still picking it up! Plus, people playing a game for this long makes their accounts potentially that much more valuable.

h0tz0rz3008d ago

Calm it, I was just kidding :)

Cookigaki3008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

Warcraft is not game, it is disease. People lose their life to it every day.

Twizlex3008d ago

Kinda true. I've lost friends to that game. It's sick what it can do to people. Sometimes I think people getting their accounts stolen could be the best thing that could happen to them.

UltimateIdiot9113008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

It's sad when you see a friend give up their life to WoW. I've stopped friends from trying WoW to spare them from that fate. It took me 2 years to convince my cousins to get off. One of them even lost some of his friends when he stopped.

Twizlex3008d ago

Indeed. I don't blame the game or Blizzard for making it, but it makes me look at people in a whole different way when they can actually lose themselves THAT MUCH to a f**king game. I've had incredibly long gaming sessions myself, but I've never chosen a game over the lovin' of a good woman. I can't say the same about some of my friends.

AntoineDcoolette3008d ago

The real question is "People still play Ever Quest?"

TheAntiFanboy3008d ago

WoW is a disease to some, an innocent pastime to others. Blame not the game for the addiction, but the gamer.

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qface643008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

i have been considering getting WOW when i get a new comp but just hearing you guys talk about it geez
feels like ill be better off going 1 on 1 with the reaper himself

Mindboggle3008d ago

Unless you wanna lose your life...Dont do it

UltimateIdiot9113008d ago

It depends on how well you resist MMORPG. I have high resistance to MMORPG.

But I've seen and heard of many good people go down a very sad and lonely road.

L80BelfDK3008d ago

Depends on what kind of person you are. I love WoW. I can play it all day every day for a week and then stop for the rest of the month. Part of what makes it addictive to people now is that there are daily quests that if you want to maximize everything, you need to log in every day to do them.

somekindofmike3008d ago

I've considered trying WoW recently too, seems like it should be a pretty amazing game, but considering my addictive nature (games like football manager overtake my life and i have the work hard to stop myself playing it) I think I should just pass up Wow for my own health and well being.

Tony P3008d ago

A friend started playing WoW and stopped playing all other games. Kind of a buzzkill with game conversations now. She won't be starving herself to death but she never really goes out anymore. A bit addicted imo. I rib her about it from time to time, but it's pretty sad. Hell, she's playing right now. I wonder if we should have MMO interventions. :S

If you want to play an MMO, I suggest you make a proper attempt to get out every week.

Myst3008d ago

To be honest some of the stories aren't all that bad, I for one have tried WoW. Twice on both occasions and the total time spent on that game (counting both of my times) was less than two weeks total. I don't know, just couldn't get into it really.

I think their is a free trial for it to, you could always try that first and see what happens. Or just flip a coin to have it decide.

Cheeseknight283008d ago

This probably isn't the best place to gather an opinion from. I would recommend trying the free 10-day trial to see if the game is your style before sinking money into it.

TheAntiFanboy3008d ago (Edited 3008d ago )

That's like saying chores are addictive. Doesn't help your case much. Speaking as a Devil's Advocate, the idea of being forced to commit to the same repetitive set of actions in order to garner some sort of meager reward isn't a very enticing incentive.

The psychology of Warcraft's addictive nature is intricate and complex. I personally play Warcraft because it's more like an extension of my social life to me, one where you actually have a coherent image that you can portray yourself through. I use it to connect to friends and family from beyond my walls and across the oceans, where physical, face-to-face interaction is not an option or extremely difficult. It's a chatroom. Where you kill stuff.

Suffice to say that if real people didn't exist in that game, I wouldn't be playing it.

JHUX3008d ago

I personally never got addicted playing the game, I never understood what the hype was for it, but I have seen some go down a sad road to it.

Darkfocus3007d ago

I played it for about 2 months a couple years ago and maxed out a warrior(thats what the class with rage instead of mp is called right? I haven't played for a long time) then started a file with a warlock and leveled up a bit before thinking wait why am I wasting money on this? theres much better games out there. haven't played it since.

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Miraak82 3008d ago

I had my 3 year off and on relationship with FFxi about 5 years back. then I just quit. My roommate then convinced me to get WoW about a year ago. So I tried it and quit after 2 weeks. Omg I wasn't gonna get sucked into that Sh!t again. Thats about the time I grew a disgust for most MMOs . It ruins ppls lives unless u did't have a life to begin LOL

Twizlex3008d ago

Thing is you could just replace all of your other games with one good MMO and actually save money. The problem is that since there's no definitive end, some people don't know when to stop playing.

dogmeat eater3008d ago

Most overtated game ever made. Im glad I dont play that donkey doodie.