WoW authenticators bypassed by middlemen hackers
Your shiny weapons are no good here
Crooks have developed a man-in-the-middle-attack designed to circumvent authentication kit used by dedicated World of Warcraft gamers.
The ruse relies on tricking gamers into installing Trojans disguised as gaming ad-ons. Once applied the malware allows hackers to capture and relay authentication commands next time a victim logs on to Blizzard's servers.
The hackers divert and then relay authentication commands before looting gaming accounts for virtual gold, presumably for resale. Meanwhile the results of a failed login are played back to victims, effectively locking them out of their compromised accounts for at least the time needed to pull off the scam.
Trojans targeting online gaming accounts are commonplace, especially in east Asia, but attempts to circumvent two-factor logins to online gaming accounts represent a new twist of added sophistication.
The approach of the gaming fraudsters is broadly similar to man-in-the-middle attacks against online banking accounts, where users are obliged to input a code generated by an authentication device as well as their password. Such an approach does offer added security for online banking but is by no means bulletproof, as attacks that have been ongoing for at least four years serve to illustrate. ®
Anyone who does not use "official" addons repository like Curse, is asking for trouble. A hacked WoW account is nothing major. Blizz are more than happy to help (It does take some time) retuning hacked accounts back to their rightful owners & put your chars back to the state they were before it was hacked.
Only thing I will say, if your stupid enough to use the same password for your battlenet account & your registered email account. That's when your asking for trouble.....
Paris, because she would love to touch a pallys hammer & make it dish out some righteous justice....
Some thoughts on this whole situation
This story has started my wheels turning a little bit. You can find my thoughts on some of the key points of this story over at http://cosine-security.blogspot.com/2010/03/defrauding-fantasy-economy.html . I have included links back to this article and the Sunbelt post.
What happened to the old days when we just use to packet drop server disconnect packets to you and make you drop you sessions. My favorite hobby in the middle of a lecture when someone was goofing off.