But if the games are a level up, the hackers are too. Chinese hackers are reportedly stealing thousands of accounts for Guild Wars 2 video game. They have breached thousands of accounts already, forcing the developer of the game, ArenaNet, to warn the players about the incident. The attack already caused 11,000 account problems, according to ArenaNet.
ArenaNet warned players to make their accounts more secure by creating unique name and password to avoid falling into this problem.
Guild Wars 2 was launched two weeks ago. It allows player to go on an adventure in the mythical world of Tyria, and the setting of the game was 250 years after the original Guild Wars.
Account hacking of the game was said to have started a few days after the game went live.
According to the developer the game, hackers can hack an account through the player’s accounts using name and password that are stolen from chat forums and fan websites.
ArenaNet monitors every players and when it notices something unusual like accounts being accessed from other location or machine, the owners of the said accounts will be notified immediately.
Guild Wars 2 attracted hackers because virtual items associated with an account have real world value. It is not uncommon for people to buy stolen accounts as the more accounts they control, the more case they can generate by selling virtual items.
As many as 9,000 players have reported log-in problems and ArenaNet confirmed majority of such cases are connected to the recent hacking attack.