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If it is a hacking extravaganza up in here then we will most certainly face mass roll backs to account for any items that may have been acquired illegaly. If it is as large scale as everyone makes it out to be, I can almost assure it will happen, as it has been their solution for past experiences. An incident of this supposed magnitude would be too tedious to modify individual accounts to restore balance to the economy and restore the mass amount of accounts to their pre-hacked state.
They can't delete stolen gold, which is the case here.
This is yet another episode in a long line of fails. I knew I was right when I told all those SW:ToR players that that launch was far from a catastrophe. This is well on its way of becoming one of the glitchiest, faultiest launches. And all because of the greed to introduce an (RM)AH. Serves them right.
Imagine that the gold stolen has already changed hands a gazillion times. I really see no way how they can track all the stolen and traded gold sine at some points in this laundering scheme innocent users are involved.
E.g. A steals gold and items from B
A sells items to C (legitimate player - le) on the AH
A uses stolen gold to buy items from D (le) on the AH
A uses the money from items sold to C (le) to buy more stuff
A sells the stuff he bought with C's money to buy more stuff
A sells the stuff he bought from D for money
A has effectively laundered all stolen gold into legitimate items/gold
Now replace A with XYZ since obviously a hacker will not use the account he used for hacking to trade
Either way, the gold and items are long gone, not to mention that most hackers got out scott free from the alleged attack two days ago since every account that got its items back was restores to a Savepoint, it was not a case of returning the stolen items from the hacker and the hacker being banned. Hopefully I'm wrong but if this whole debacle is true and hackers did hit Blizzard and they just cleaned out the AH, I fear the economy is forever compromised.
Hopefully it's just another hiccough.
edit: aaaaand the AH is down again
Edited by Darkmack#2978 on 22/05/2012 10:58 BST
As I stated earlier, if they determine the economy is compromised, we can expect a roll back to before the first incidences took place, or basically get the same that happened to ladder players when they would patch D2. I played HC ladder so it's something I was very familiar with, that said it isn't gonna stop me from playing and then rerolling toons if they deploy such a fix.
I work in IT security, thank you, and I bet Blizz is one of the companies that have a 2% budget for network security...
There seems to be some sort of bot searching and buying underpriced items. Just to try it out I put up some items on ah with about 50% of the price compared to items with the same stats, they all sold within 1-2 second after I press the button.
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