The release of hit MMO Guild Wars 2, went reasonably well when compared to the likes of Diablo III, but in its own merit the game has totted up a few problems. Initially there was the underpriced weaponry bans, followed up swiftly by hacked accounts and since then, it’s now been confirmed that over 11,000 people have had their accounts compromised.
This no doubt means that ArenaNet has permanently banned those accounts, in order to halt any unauthorised activity. Of course if the owners supply enough identification, the accounts should be returned to them, but it could take a few days at least.
However ArenaNet has said that it isn’t to blame for the hacked accounts, that despite its email change system allowing for account emails to be discovered, the blame sits squarely on the shoulders of gamers for not using unique passwords for each game. “If you don’t want your account hacked, don’t use the same email address and password for Guild Wars 2 that you’ve used for another game or web site,” the studio explained in an official Q&A (via MCV).
“Hackers have big lists of email addresses and passwords that they’ve harvested from malware and from security vulnerabilities in other games and web sites, and they’re systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching accounts.”
And from security vulnerabilities in your games and websites Arenanet.