I don't think that I want to risk connecting to a Wow Server anymore. The past couple of weeks, lots of people are getting hacked... stolen accounts, deleted characters and stolen gold. It happened to me, even while running virus, spyware and keylogger detection software. Took 10 days to get things restored and who ever did it got me banned for gold spamming while they had access. Now I have to use an authenticator but with no evidence of a hacker in my system it makes one wonder. Why take the risk?
Did you happen to reply to an email warning that you're about to be banned (or have been banned), and that you have to give Blizzard your info?
If so, that was your first mistake. Blizzard will not ask for your info.
There are a huge number of phishing scams going on.
Chances are, you weren't actually hacked. Chances are you accidentally gave info to the wrong person, and that person took that info and used it to gain access to your account.
From what I've read, the vast, vast majority of people who claim they got hacked really got phished.
"From what I've read, the vast, vast majority of people who claim they got hacked really got phished."
Didn't happen to me. I did get some Phishing emails and immediately deleted them. Whoever was doing it was stupid enough to send it to my secondary email address (haven't used for WoW in 3 years). Nor did I go to any suspect websites....porn or WoW.
There is a lot of chatter about what is going on at several gaming website forums. The most popular theories are that it is an "inside job" or gold farming has become such a large cash opportunity that Asian organized crime has jumped in big time or a combination of the two. Is gold farming really a 1 billion dollar industry??
Add the Battle.Net change over in November as another big ?