Blizzard kicked over 320,000 hackers from Battle.net

Blizzard posted an official annoucement on their forums that they have kicked over 320,000 accounts from Battle.net they found were violating the terms of service.

We’ve recently banned over 320,000 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts that were found to be violating the Battle.net Terms of Use. If this is a first offense, the CD key associated with the banned account will be suspended for 30 days, while repeat offenders will see their keys banned permanently. All account ban decisions are final.

We would like all players to remember that abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to Battle.net, and can subject your account to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban of its access to the service.

Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users.

This is not the first time Blizzard has done something like this. In November of 2008 they banned over 350,000 accounts from Battle.net stating, "Cheating ruins the game experience for legitimate players, and we will not tolerate it."

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Yay Blizzard. If anyone here has tried other online games, you will know just how bad this is, and in World of Warcraft, there is actually very little going on due to Blizzard's exceptional efforts. It seems bad at times, but it is MUCH worse in just about ALL other online games.

I think this is over multiserver farm bot programs. At the point Blizz figures out what's going on, builds a fix, pushes out the fix that finds the code, collects the amount of users with those accounts and other accounts, and gathers all of those accounts, I would think it would take even longer than this to ban 320k.

"Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users."

Have someone you don't like, accuse them..... Its like during the Burning Times when all it took to be executed as a witch was to be accused of being one.....

Foub said,
"Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users."

Have someone you don't like, accuse them..... Its like during the Burning Times when all it took to be executed as a witch was to be accused of being one.....

Except Blizzard performs checks on the person rather than just swinging the ban hammer at them. What, you think they're idiots? The EULA is a legally binding agreement between you and Blizzard... if you break the rules, you get banned (Luckily, it's not worse as in being taken to court) On the other hand if Blizzard arbitrarily decides to break the EULA agreement, then you can easily go ahead and request legal action against them as you are a paying customer who didn't break the rules of the contract (EULA)

Metodi Mitov said,

Except Blizzard performs checks on the person rather than just swinging the ban hammer at them. What, you think they're idiots? The EULA is a legally binding agreement between you and Blizzard... if you break the rules, you get banned (Luckily, it's not worse as in being taken to court) On the other hand if Blizzard arbitrarily decides to break the EULA agreement, then you can easily go ahead and request legal action against them as you are a paying customer who didn't break the rules of the contract (EULA)

the legalities of EULAs are questionable. and good luck taking legal action against a company you have a EULA with that breaks said EULA.

People like this are the reasons I stoped gaming... it seemed like every time I tried to learn a new game some cheater would take me out really fast with an exploit.... Halo comes to mind at first.... hiding in places you cant see them then head shot outa no where....

neufuse said,
People like this are the reasons I stoped gaming... it seemed like every time I tried to learn a new game some cheater would take me out really fast with an exploit.... Halo comes to mind at first.... hiding in places you cant see them then head shot outa no where....

Same reason I stopped playing COD2, it was one epic game until the auto-aimers took over.

Now if they would just block the entire country of China.

"hi you are blizzard lucky player. please log in our site we give your horse a free celestial steed"

Legit players? Oh please. Frankly most of the top players are either exploiters/hackers. Once you start its hard to go back. Say you're gaming then as a legit player never seen a hacker before then you wonder then before you know it your searching for them then some go to extents to pay for it to actually win anything worthwhile in there little life.

They float the word 'hacker' around so easy these days.

Maybe they are naive script kiddies using an app developed by two or three other people.

Anyways, they break the rules they signed up to then good riddance.

Oh so this is only for those who cheated

Would rather they go after hackers that actually steal people's accounts, and more action on those goldsellers advertising.

aarste said,
Oh so this is only for those who cheated

Would rather they go after hackers that actually steal people's accounts, and more action on those goldsellers advertising.

If that is easier to catch, they will probably.

aarste said,
Oh so this is only for those who cheated

Would rather they go after hackers that actually steal people's accounts, and more action on those goldsellers advertising.

How can they ban hackers? they dont have an account with Blizzard, they're using other peoples accounts Blizzard has done all they can, they have a login/password system with all games going through a battle.net account which you can, if you wish.. buy an athenticator for which will stop all hacking/keygen's from gaining access to your account for all your blizzard games.

Crompee said,

How can they ban hackers? they dont have an account with Blizzard, they're using other peoples accounts Blizzard has done all they can, they have a login/password system with all games going through a battle.net account which you can, if you wish.. buy an athenticator for which will stop all hacking/keygen's from gaining access to your account for all your blizzard games.

The authenticators are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. While it's a highly effective measure against unauthorized account access, it isn't perfect.

i am glad they ban cheaters as it does ruin the experience for legit players!

i honestly don't get WHY cheaters cheat unless they do it just to **** people off?

ThaCrip said,
i am glad they ban cheaters as it does ruin the experience for legit players!

i honestly don't get WHY cheaters cheat unless they do it just to **** people off?


Because they're lazy

ThaCrip said,
i am glad they ban cheaters as it does ruin the experience for legit players!

i honestly don't get WHY cheaters cheat unless they do it just to **** people off?

Gives them a feeling of power over non-cheaters, I suppose. In the rare occurrence I play a game, I often try and find a public cheat for it. First, sinful human nature to want to be better than the rest. Second, if many have hacks except me, I'll feel left out.

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

good point.

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

Do these exploits require external non-blizzard software?

I think that they should be doing more to keep up with patching any major cheating exploits. I also think they should ban cheaters when they catch them.

Epic0range said,
don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

Oh? Is that what you say to cheaters? That it's ok to take advantage of it?

Edited by Tha Bloo Monkee, Apr 23 2010, 12:26am :

Epic0range said,

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.


On the one hand, I agree with you. It would be better if Blizzard patched the exploits rather than ban cheaters after the fact. However, players should be happy Blizzard is doing anything at all. These are old games (2003 for WC3, 2001 for D2). A lot of companies wouldn't support games that were 7+ years old.

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

Oh come on you can't put all the blame on them because there's no such things as a perfect program so there will always be ways to fine holes and other ways around to exploit them. The fact still remains that the users who did this knows its wrong.

Edited by Biglo, Apr 23 2010, 1:48am :

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

I disagree. It's not because the door is wide open that you have jump right through it.

Stealing is stealing, whether there were security cameras or not. It does not excuse anything.

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

Once a cheater always a cheater!


So yes ban them all and fix the bugs!!

Edited by war, Apr 23 2010, 2:19am :

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

Very bad point... They shouldn't be wasting time figuring out how not to be hacked, instead, they should use that time to make a greater game.

I myself enjoy a good mod, but always on single player...

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.


Uh what? They spend considerable time making their games hack resilient. Of course they do. Hacks aren't especially good to the business model of an online multiplayer game.

WTF is your point? It's impossible to guard against everything.

Northgrove said,

Uh what? They spend considerable time making their games hack resilient. Of course they do. Hacks aren't especially good to the business model of an online multiplayer game.

WTF is your point? It's impossible to guard against everything.

Taking advantage of a problem in teh game is not a hack, its available for everyone to freely exploit. A hack is using other tools to force the program to perform differently. They are only taking advantage of what is already there.

Edited by AltimaXP, Apr 23 2010, 1:25pm :

Epic0range said,

Taking advantage of a problem in teh game is not a hack, its available for everyone to freely exploit. A hack is using other tools to force the program to perform differently. They are only taking advantage of what is already there.

It's not already there if it's not a mechanic that was intended to be part of the game. If you nede to watch a video on youtube and train yourself to exploit a bug then it's not there for everyone.

This debate is as old as multiplayer games (online or not).

Was wrapping around the net in NHL 93 on super nintendo cheating. Most people would say yes.

But in the end what you or I think doesn't matter. The creator of a game define was cheating is. Had Bungie decided that exploiting super-jumping bug in Halo 2 was cheating then it would have been cheating. In fact from what i recall even if bungie never banned anyone for super jumping they always said it was a bannable offense and that players was doing it at their own risk. For some map/gametype combination super jumping did give an unfair advantage and an almost automatic win (skull on turf with the sniper on top of the map).

Grats to Blizzard.

rheostat said,

However, players should be happy Blizzard is doing anything at all. These are old games (2003 for WC3, 2001 for D2). A lot of companies wouldn't support games that were 7+ years old.

I have to agree with you there

Not only are they supporting them, but still patching them too

Epic0range said,
"abuse of unintended mechanics"

Then fix your program, don't blame people to taking advantage of your mistake.

just to clarify, exploiting unintended mechanics usually means no external software.

for instance you can exploit certain enviroments in wow and use them to your advantage in pvp and you account be actioned for it.

and yes these exploits have existed since launch and never been fixed. reported by thousands of people as well. they just aren't high priority.

Corgylegs said,
Took them long enough.

Agreed. The last cited situation is over a year ago? Seriously?

This should be happening regularly to be a real check on cheaters.

Frazell Thomas said,

Agreed. The last cited situation is over a year ago? Seriously?

This should be happening regularly to be a real check on cheaters.

320,000 accounts, that equates to over 800 accounts a day over a year.

Felix_ said,

320,000 accounts, that equates to over 800 accounts a day over a year.


Yes, but they weren't banned on a daily basis over a year, were they?

TCLN Ryster said,

Yes, but they weren't banned on a daily basis over a year, were they?
I don't see your point?
320,000 accounts is a lot of accounts. It's likely that blizzard will have kicked them all within the same month or so after gathering data on potential cheaters. Kicking them individually would have given many of the cheaters a chance to adapt and avoid the ban hammer. I applaud their efforts.

Edited by Felix_, Apr 23 2010, 10:09am :

Corgylegs said,
Took them long enough.

This is not the first time Blizzard has done something like this. In November of 2008 they banned over 350,000 accounts from Battle.net stating, "Cheating ruins the game experience for legitimate players, and we will not tolerate it."