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World of Warcraft rocked by hacker attack

With more than 10 million subscribers, World of Warcraft currently holds the Guinness World record for the most popular subscription-based MMORPG, and has proved a firm favourite amongst gamers across the globe.

Now news has emerged that hackers have managed to kill off all the virtual characters in some of the game’s major cities.

This appears to have been achieved through the creation of a character with the ability to destroy others in the game.

World of Warcraft hack: The extent of the damage

A thread of the WoW forum outlined that characters had met their ends in the Stormwind and Orgrimmar cities, including non-player characters, as well as on Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, and Twisting Nether.

Blizzard, the game’s maker, issued a statement confirming that the “exploit has already been hot-fixed” and as a result “it should not be repeatable.”

Although gameplay has returned to normal, Olivia Grace, contributing editor of website WoW Insider, argued that the hack was “significant”.

“They discovered a method to roll a level-one [beginner] character, which ran to the major cities,”

“We don’t know exactly what they did, but somehow they were able to kill every single player’s character in that city and every single computer controlled character – and they were doing this repeatedly.”

World of Warcraft still on top?

Player numbers for WoW have dipped from a peak of 12 million back in 2010, to 9.1 million at the start of this year.

Yet the game has enjoyed something of a resurgence since Mists of Pandaria, the impressive new expansion pack, was released recently

The launch of the expansion to the game has been hailed as ‘superb’ by some reviewers. The tale of the new Pandaren race has been praised as an ‘immersive experience that is too good to rush’.

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