Now I'm telling you this. Is it even possible for an organization to hack/compromise 100k+ people through phishing/password stealing/keylogging and PHYSICALLY go through EACH account to steal golds and strong items??? If you go through forums, chinese, europe, american, hell... tons of people are getting hacked out there. 100k is just my estimate (which is just 1% of the number of diablo 3 players).
Are you guys, those who are defending BZ by blaming the players to inexperience, saying that some people are capable of going through 100k accounts to steal their items, within a matter of a week or two?
Now, in online games, stuffs like keylogging or phishing happen all the damn time, but this time it's super widespread. What does that suggest? Here are my scenarios.
#1 : People are getting keylogged and phished. The estimates would be 10k to 100k or more, from the number of posts being seen. BUT, then, the hackers will still have to log on to Diablo 3, inputting each email and each password into the box, which, they risk being detected by the players who are still online. Then, they have to add friends, join a public or private game, drop the damn items, so so. Hell, I would say they take 20 minutes for each account. Now, that mounts up to 2000k minutes = 3333.3 hours = 1400 days. Now, how long have these reporting incidents been around? A week or 2 at most. That means, from 200 to 1000 people working 24/7 to hack us down?
#2 : Diablo 3 exploits from the auction market. This scenario is also likely, but again, it takes quite an amount of time. And with numerous hacked accounts out there, more than 10k, how would the hackers/exploiters even get to go through all the hacked characters in the first place?
#3 : Diablo 3 database/server got hacked. Now, this is how I feel. For most account that got hacked, only the character that has been played recently got broken, with 0 gold and valuable items gone. There are cases where a lvl 10 character was looted instead of a lvl 30. Now, what does that suggest? If the hacker went so far as to hack into the account, why don't they take all the items and sell for the most gold? From this article on Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/05/30/the-horror-of-being-hacked-in-diablo-3/ , would you say that only normal players got hacked?
I will also refer to a recent event regarding Asia server that was located in Korea. For the first week of the game release, http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5149618277?page=1.
I even subscribed to an VPN myself and checked, hell, only waited 30s. Did BZ say anything at all about that "incident"? Afaik, I was kept in the black. It's just, one mysterious morning, I logged into the game using my normal Asian IP, and it's up without waiting. This seems like PROPAGANDA, eh?
As an ethical Internet user with certain knowledge of user security, I am asking you guys to look at this matter in a different way. True, there are some people who use "password" for their password, or "12345678" for their password or whatever. But if this incident is of this magnitude, and the chain of events concentrate in such a short time, there must be something fishy going on. Will BZ continue to keep us in the dark?
Think about it.