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Maintenance day loot from {WoW}

May 18th 2010 10:58AM Ooooo... me me me! Pick Me!!! LOL

Maintenance day loot from {WoW}

Mar 16th 2010 11:45AM Oooo... Oooo... PickMe, pick me, pick me!!!


Debunking another hacked authenticator story {WoW}

Feb 10th 2010 10:12PM My comment about optimal, wasn't about your test being during a time of server issues. Hopefully, I didn't make you think that! My reference to not being optimal was in regards to the code not expiring in 60 seconds. It sounds like you still needed a valid code and it expired on use, so there was a significant amount of protection still in place. More then enough to foil a hacker, even in those circumstances.

I'm the IT Director for a good sized CPA firm, so you can be sure of three things... I take computer security very seriously, I tend to be very analytical and I am paranoid about security because I am paid to be. LOL

The fact that you couldn't use a code twice, is a point in favor of it being properly setup. If you were able to actually load a Toon with a code that was older then 2 mins, would be a point in favor of saying Blizzard needs to be sure they implemented the authentication properly on their end. (Which IS the case you are describing, and I am sure Blizzard has done just that.) The tokens are only as good as the processing program on Blizzards' servers, so there is always room for scepticism. I have seen with my own eyes, token systems that were NOT implemented properly. Clearly, at the point in time you are describing, there were issues throughout their servers. Even with the issues a code was still needed, and without the fob, you still wouldn't be able to login.

The bottom line is that with Technology nothing is 100% perfect, but the token system is light years ahead of the simple user/password arrangement when it comes to internet security. The De-Syncing/Battery issue would prevent a valid code from being given, so that is definitely not the case for you. (I have a client that is still using a similar fob by the same manufacturer that is 3 years old.)

Debunking another hacked authenticator story {WoW}

Feb 9th 2010 10:14AM Hmmm... Your post makes me curious. I have been using this same time of authentication for years on more security sensitive sites. (Mostly corporate banking.) I have never experienced what you describe.

When you said the codes were good for an extended period of time... Did you try the same code more then once? (ie. Login with a code. logoug. Wait 5 mins or so, then log back in with the same code.)

When you said you couldn't do anything because the servers were so screwed up, does that mean you were able to load a toon, but couldn't do anything in realm? Or do you mean you couldn't load a toon because the servers were screwed up?

Obviously, what you describe isn't optimal, but it sounds like you still needed a vaild code generated by your authenticator. If you were able to reuse the codes, it would be much worse. Provided you were able to load your toons. Though clearly Blizzard had borked the authentication servers as a whole at that time. My brain isn't working all that well this week, but isn't that also when Blizzard moved to requiring Battle Net logins as well?

Breakfast Topic: Terrible things {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2010 9:46AM It's not just you as a female. Being a male, I too didn't care much for that. Of course, I am well past age 21, both physically and mentally.

Its sad, when they could have done better with that. For me, it lessened my enjoyment of the game.

Scattered Shots: Hunting heroics and PUGs {WoW}

Jan 19th 2010 11:13AM Just out of curiousity....

Being a very casual player I may be missing something, but why would you be running with the "Argent Dawn Commision" in your second trinket slot?

Wouldn't something like the "Oracle Talisman of Ablution" considerably increase DPS?

The Twelve Days of Winter Veil: Day one - Steelseries gear {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2010 6:29PM Please.... please.., please... *grin*

Maintenance for Tuesday November 3rd {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2009 10:22AM I am sure that before 3.3 drops, we will have a couple weeks of background downloads beforehand.

At least it seems like they do that for all the major content patches.

Officers' Quarters: Cataclysm's guild revamp -- guild achievements {WoW}

Sep 14th 2009 4:15PM I agree with Holly on this one completely, having been trying to level one of my first horde toon and having an Alliance player camping the NPC I needed to turn in a quest at. Then he purposely moved so that when the NPC respawned and I tried to click on him, I ended up attacking the player. Who then proceeded to camp my corpse.

To this day I am against PVP on PVE servers. If you want PVP, go to a BG or roll on a PVP realm.

I think I am in the majority, since the PVE realms sure seem to be much more populated then the PVP realms.

Breakfast Topic: Your favorite lines of spoken dialogue {WoW}

Sep 9th 2009 10:52AM There are a lot of great lines, but my favorite is still the line from my Voidwalker.

"I am void... where prohibited."