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Man in the middle attacks circumventing authenticators {WoW}

Feb 28th 2010 6:29PM I'm sort of amused this news is breaking now since I left a comment about exactly this thing happening to someone I know like a month ago (and I was met with skepticism.) =b

Just want to point out the authenticator *still* gives you special protection even if you end up a victim of this exploit. If you think you've just been a victim (the obvious symptom is your login attempts fail even though you're pretty sure you entered everything right), then *immediately* log in through a known safe computer, and if you personally don't have access to another computer that has wow on it that's safe, get on vent and ask a guildmate you trust to do it. New log ins will kick off anyone previously logged in, and because the other computer is presumably clean, your authenticator number will have changed, and they won't be able to log in again. Obviously you want to then clean up your computer, and not touch your own account until you do, but you will have just prevented them from wreaking havoc, assuming you were quick enough.

Season 8 armor sets unveiled {WoW}

Jan 27th 2010 7:11PM I totally agree the druid shoulders look too big, like they were scaled up wrong. The armor is like 3 times wider than his shoulders, just look at how tiny his arms look coming out of those. While the paladin "blinders" are huge and ridiculous, I notice that the shoulder armor actually looks like it fits pretty snugly around his shoulders.

Breakfast Topic: What are you doing to protect your account? {WoW}

Jan 17th 2010 1:32PM You're free to think what you want, but why would I lie about this? =b

My guess is either 1. the authenticator code doesn't get flagged as used if you log in to the website or 2. The info got sent when it rejected his attempts to log into wow, and therefore they got a number that was never actually used as a log in attempt. Also, 3. the number doesn't get flagged as used if your login gets rejected for some reason, like if you type in the wrong password. Try it, it'll still accept the number that you just tried.

Breakfast Topic: What are you doing to protect your account? {WoW}

Jan 16th 2010 2:10PM I use an authenticator, and a virus scanner, and I don't really visit many WoW sites anyways, so I'm not that likely to pick something up.

However, I have a guildmate who in the past couple days was hacked *even though he has an authenticator.* Here's how the trojan worked:

First it altered his WoW exe so that it would automatically reject any account/password combo he tried to enter. This was important in order to get him away from the actual WoW login screen, so he could not log in and boot them out. Secondly, it waited for him to try to alter his password through the WoW website. Then it immediately sent everything, including his authenticator key to the hackers, who must be lying in wait for one of their trojans to come back with something. The hackers immediately logged in using the authenticator key that was still good for a couple minutes and stripped his characters. Admittedly, this is a way less efficient method of hacking because he could have booted them out by logging in on another clean computer, and they would have no way to get back on his character, and they had to do it at a time when the person being hacked would most certainly notice. But hey, it worked, because he didn't have another computer, and he didn't think to pass on his login info to a guildmate who could have stopped them in action.

Moral of the story: if WoW starts rejecting your logins, take all precautions, even if you have an authenticator.

The Classifieds: News briefs on guilds and players {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 3:50PM I'm actually kind of glad that the drama section is gone. While I do admit to the guilty pleasure of occasionally reading about drama, people also use third-party drama articles against other people. For instance, someone has a vendetta against another person, and writes in a one sided drama post about the other person, who then has no ability to defend themselves, and possibly wasn't even aware that the drama was posted, and then ends up getting flamed, when in reality they had reasons for doing what they did too, or maybe the first person even lied about what happened. Admittedly, I've never heard of WoW Insider's drama posts being used that way, but I've heard of plenty other places that have. I'd personally rather give up the drama section than enable that kind of thing.

Man forced to choose between his wife and his orc {WoW}

Jan 8th 2010 2:08PM Mostly I find it ridiculous that she threatened to end the marriage over an item that he had *before* they got married, and would be pretty hard to miss.

But, on the more practical side of things, it's huge and takes up alot of space, and it's the kind of thing where even if you're a serious WoW geek, you look at it every now and then, but mostly it has no purpose, so I could see why she'd want it to go. But then again, it could also double as an awesome coat-rack. His left arm is just begging to have some coats draped over it. =3

WoW Moviewatch: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like This Raid Isn't Going to Happen {WoW}

Dec 28th 2009 1:34PM It's a parody of the Christmas carol, "It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas" both in lyrics and in melody, and the rushed meter due to significantly more syllables is part of the gag. I guess though the joke would be lost if you've never heard the original.

Officers' Quarters: Policy and practice {WoW}

Dec 14th 2009 1:46PM The guilds I've been in have almost always done loot council. Alot of people tend to behave stupidly when it comes to dkp systems, hording their dkp for that one dumb thing they want and ignoring all these other potential upgrades that end up getting sharded. Also, dkp systems are unaware of individual circumstances like, this guy is a second stringer because he can only show up to 2/3 of our raids. I think the better question to be answering when giving out gear, is how much will this particular piece get used? Technically my main spec is "feral bear" and my offspec is "feral cat" but I often spend 50% of my raiding time or more in catform because only some fights require three specs and I have the best dps of our tanks, and therefore it seems to me my "offspec" loot should get preference over another offspec loot that hardly ever gets used, or a main spec that hardly ever comes. Guess though this kind of ranking is made more complicated when your guild is kind of casual-ish so there's alot of sporadic people.

More server outages for Whirlwind and Emberstorm [Updated] {WoW}

Nov 25th 2009 2:23AM It's definitely not due to weather, since the past two days Seattle has been at the most drizzly but largely clear (unlike the heavy rain it's been getting the rest of this fall.)

I just hope that they give us at least one more day at the Thanksgiving event. I was lucky enough to squeeze in all the achievements, but I can imagine that alot of people are going to have a really hard time getting them all, seeing as now the past two days the servers were down most of the evening, which is of course the time the most people can be online, and plus a huge number of people won't be able to be on-line due to family gatherings starting Wednesday.

Researching virtual economies to learn about real ones {WoW}

Oct 6th 2009 1:45PM Seems a bit odd to me to have economists studying MMO economies, since these economies are designed by someone. If successful, their designs produce behaviors in the game economy that they intended to happen, and if not, these designers are surely monitoring the economy they made so they can tweak it to behave more like what they want. In other words, in large part surely the work has already been done, and people already have the data they're collecting, and in essence they're just sort of studying someone else's ideas.