A report on Eurogamer relates one incident when staffer Chris Donlan’s account for playing the hit action RPG was accessed by someone who claimed to have bought it. On the official Diablo III forums, other users are also reporting instances of illicit access and gold theft . Apparently, the hackers are finding a way around the added security provided by Blizzard’s Mobile Authenticator, as well, according to forum posts.
First, the long-awaited hack-and-slash suffers a terribly crippled launch week that leaves thousands of players unable to play the game they waited 12 years for. Then they announce that the game’s ballyhooed real-money auction houses have been indefinitely delayed. If the hacking of user accounts becomes widespread, it’ll be the ugliest setback yet for a game whose always-online connection was supposed to protect players from the worst realities of PC gaming.
Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard for comment and will update this story as needed.
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Diablo 3 accounts hacked, gold and items stolen [Eurogamer]