Hacker Attack Results in Thousands of Player and Non-Player Character 'Deaths' in World of Warcraft

Paul Lilly

Throughout history, wars and plagues have wiped out entire cities and civilizations, leaving behind nothing but corpses and tears. Strangely enough, the same thing happened yesterday in World of Warcraft when hackers took advantage of an exploit that allowed them to march through various realms, destroying every character they came across, even non-player characters (NPCs).

Thousands of players simply dropped dead, including everyone in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, to name just two of the affected realms. Blizzard later acknowledged the exploit, which it promptly hotfixed, though not in time for those who met their maker unexpectedly.

"Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities," Blizzard announced in a forum post. "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. If you have information relating to this incident, please email hacks@blizzard.com. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding."

A video on YouTube (embedded above) shows the carnage in hilarious detail (unless you're one of the affected, then you have our deepest sympathies. Honest.), as a character waltzes through Stormwind killing everything in his path. Throughout the video you hear sounds of characters letting out their last gasp of breath before crumpling to the ground.

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