World of warcraft

The World of Warcraft auction houses and mobile companion app have been hacked, resulting in players losing large sums of their fake-life savings. Gold is being used to buy massively expensive items through the auction house, and it all seems to be flowing into a single player's bank account.

It's not going to be too hard to find out who the perpetrator is once he's seen strutting around Azeroth in all that bling.

Blizzard has closed the auction houses while it deals with the problem, and it is emailing players information on how to reset accounts and replace lost items and gold. Despite Battle.net's authentication methods, which have proved to be useful so far, it did not seem to stop illegal entries this time.

Blizzard's response has been to suggest users reinforce security through their own means as well.

"While no means of account security is guaranteed, every precaution you take to secure your computer and your account – including changing your password periodically – adds another defensive barrier. We strongly encourage everyone to take a few moments to read through the security tips available on our support website and follow the suggestions posted there."

If you haven't already checked, you might want to see if your phat loot and gold have been stolen. Be sure to let Blizzard know as well, because nobody wants to be poverty stricken in the World of Warcraft.