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5-27-2009 @ 6:17PM
Ah this article is bass ackwards. Companies have been using the RSA technology that the Blizzard authenticator is based on for years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_SecurID). That is why Blizzard could get them cheap enough to enact their scheme. Anyone who has ever been near a real corporate network has one.And the Blizzard set-up isn't anywhere near the most locked down. All it takes is knowledge of semi-private information and a phone call to Blizz to claim "your" authenticator "broke". Plenty of people have "chip and pin" bank cards these days and they are significantly harder to get around than the authenticator (which is solely useful to stop keyloggers, not a dedicated attacker).
5-27-2009 @ 6:54PM
The article is not claiming that blizzard came up with the technology. They also are not saying that it is any ground breaking new tech.All they are saying is that hey look at this cool new feature that visa is adding, just like blizz did, maybe it will make online shopping safer.
5-27-2009 @ 7:06PM
@johnthedriver"of all of the accounts and passwords in your life that you might like to keep secure, a Blizzard account with an Authenticator attached is probably the most locked-down.""Companies have started using Authenticator-like technology""obviously credit card and banking companies are testing things like this.""Blizzard is way ahead of the curve."
5-27-2009 @ 11:50PM
Just so you know, they use this authenticator with a custom graphic: http://www.vasco.com/products/product.html?product=70If I cared about my account enough I'd buy one, just a shame that each time I've attempted to they've been out of stock :(
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