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World of Warcraft hackers kill thousands

World of Warcraft hackers became Death, the destroyer of worlds, last weekend when they discovered an exploit allowing level 1 characters to instantly kill any player or NPC in the game. Apocalyptic scenes of corpses littered the streets of Orgrimmar and Stormwind on the afflicted servers, according to Eurogamer.

"We didn't do any permanent damage," one hacker said in a forum Eurogamer elected not to share. "Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn't. The people who didn't should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (four hours of obvious use is sad)."

The hackers not only managed to decimate the player population, but also cleared WoW's End Time dungeon in about three minutes. Blizzard didn't see much to laugh about, though, and soon patched it up.

"This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth," said a Blizzard community manager. "As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and [are] conducting a thorough investigation."

Some players grabbed footage of the mass killings, preserving eerie (but, we'll admit, darkly humorous) scenes of lone newbies roaming about the capital cities, fully geared heroes groaning and collapsing before their deceptively lethal gaze.

23 comments

  • winner2 - October 8, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    Terrorists!
  • Child Of Death - October 8, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Terrorists win.
  • JachAnen - October 9, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    lol :D Expected more from Blizzard. 4 hours, really?? Heard the game had good and fast support. Should have kicked and banned them after the first hour. Can't be hard to find the only ones that doesn't die. What's next, cities being infested with some kind of sickness infecting and killing of NPC's and players... Wait a minute :O
  • NullG7 - October 12, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    I know blizzard won't because they are serious people in this kind of matter but they should make an in game joke memorial.
  • shadow707 - October 8, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    South Park come to anyone's mind?
  • m8605 - October 8, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    And Sheldon Cooper
  • avery78 - October 8, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Make Love, Not Warcraft
  • MadMan - October 8, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    How do you kill that which has no life??? lol
  • GoldenEagle1476 - October 8, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    Oh my god what else will come true?!?
  • brickman409 - October 8, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    It's the end of the world ... of warcraft
  • Voodoowolfe - October 8, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Blizzard's previous comments were never more correct,"Working as Intended."
  • Evanesco - October 8, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    So, did they hack the game, or was it an exploit?
  • Bloodstorm - October 9, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    my thoughts exactly. They are 2 very different things.
  • FOZ - October 8, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    What is with cheaters blaming the developer for their own shitheaddery?
  • AuthorityFigure - October 9, 2012 2:52 a.m.

    If they don't pretend they have some sort of meaning to their actions, they would have nothing to say about their stupid behavior.
  • pl4y4h - October 8, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    They gave The Sword of a Thousand Truths to the noobs. The prophecy warned against this.
  • jamie5lpm - October 9, 2012 2:55 a.m.

    You sir definatly deserve the title for comment of the day!
  • Shnubby - October 9, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    How do you kill that which has no life?

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