Hackers have just found a new target and this time it is the latest and increasingly popular massively multiplayer online game, Guild Wars 2. Game officials, on their recent announcement said they already have recorded more than 11,000 of GW2 hacked accounts since the game officially went live.
Based on initial reports published on ArsTechnica, ArenaNet officials received approximately 8,500 requests associated with hacked accounts, from Guild Wars 2 players beginning last Friday to Sunday. The number is added with another 2,574 requests by Monday, all for similar issue.
Hackers are purportedly utilizing some password crackers to penetrate accounts belonging to GW2 players. Those utilizing credentials tapped from an unknown fan site are recently compromised.
Because of this, ArenaNet is constantly prompting all GW2 players to keep their accounts secure all the time. Use of strong, unique and random passwords for Guild Wars 2 is highly recommended. Ideally, passwords have to be generated using a password management program and should be at least 8 characters in length, alphanumeric.
In addition to this security measure, Anet is recently starting a new practice of proactively e-mailing customers every time they notice new logs into an account from a different location. Users, on the other hand, are advised to check e-mails only from trusted devices.
Over the weekend, officials with Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet have been reiterating reminders that e-mail addresses and passwords for GW2 should not be used in other games or websites. Hackers purportedly seize a long list of emails and passwords they got from malware and other vulnerable sites and games. Using certain methods, hackers then test Guild Wars 2 for any matching accounts.
“Hackers have lists of email addresses and passwords stolen from other games and web sites, and collected through spyware and are systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching accounts. To protect yourself, use a strong, unique password for Guild Wars 2 that you’ve never used anywhere else,” Anet said on its game status update via GW2 wiki, as of September 8th.
ArenaNet officials are recently warning users about joining any fan site, particularly an unidentified Guild Wars related fan site, which is purportedly compromised of a crack of its account database.
One employee from a Norway-based security firm Norman ASA, on Thursday claimed about receiving some warnings via e-mail, telling that someone from China tried to access her GW2 account using her details. Apparently, these were hacking attempts that happened a day after the account was created. Good thing, ArenaNet designed a system that enables players confirm login locations through e-mail notifications. This way, users like the said Norman ASA employee would know something wrong is going on.
Hacked account details are usually used for spamming ads for gold sales or botting. Once a Guild Wars 2 account gets hacked, Anet will have to ban it. By the time it gets fixed, it will be given back to its rightful owner.
One indication that the account gets hacked is a message that says: “This account has been permanently banned for a violation of the User Agreement.” Anet said if this message pops up when logging in and the user is not a gold seller, then it is possible that the account just got hacked.