Just imagine: You are playing your character on your favorite World of Warcraft server and then you suddenly die, without warning. Then you notice that everyone around you has died in the game; not just your fellow player characters, but also NPCs as well.
There's no need to imagine such a situation. It actually happened over the weekend. WOW Insider reports that hackers managed to find an exploit in Blizzard's long running fantasy MMO game that allowed them to just, well, kill everyone in a number of the game's servers.
Blizzard quickly posted up a note on their official message boards, stating, "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. As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation."
Blizzard added that they are asking from help from the World of Warcraft community to find the people responsible for exploiting the bug in the game and to email that information to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, we also imagine that a few hackers are getting a little chuckle over what they did to what could be tens of thousands of players.
Source: WoW Insider | Image via WoW Insider