#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 27th, 2013 19:56
#2 By: Martin Pedraza, December 27th, 2013 20:09
#3 By: Boundegar, December 27th, 2013 20:55
Wait, so they netted around one dollar per account? And if WOW is anything like other websites, these guys weren't "hacking," they were just tricking newbies into handing over passwords. So, really, wringing a dollar apiece out of the tears of children. At least the hackers in Ready Player One were kind of cool.
#4 By: Juan Rudametkin, December 27th, 2013 22:08
94 cents per account, they would have made more money working at Walmart, and that's saying something.
#5 By: InnerPartisan, December 28th, 2013 09:53
Well, on average. It's probably that most of the accounts they hacked only had low-level Chars on them, and therefore nothing worth selling. It's been a loooong while since I've last played WOW (back when the level cap was still 60), but I'm pretty sure that the only gear really "worth" any real money is the high-tier endgame/raiding stuff.
#6 By: Jardine, December 29th, 2013 21:04
Most of that stuff is bind on pickup so you can't trade it or sell it to other people. Some of it is bind on equip so it can be traded or sold. They pretty much just wanted gold to sell. When I last played, if someone's account was broken into, they'd just liquidate whatever was in their inventory, withdraw whatever gold they could from the guild bank, and transfer that to other characters they controlled. Then they'd sell the gold for money.
#7 By: TheGrue, December 30th, 2013 10:15
Is there a footnote that I'm missing that says all numbers are in $K?
How can a $10,000 heist be news?
Isn't there some sort of minimum take before you can be called a Crime Boss or have a cybercrime ring?
I guess it was just a slow news day in Zhejiang.
#8 By: Cory Doctorow, January 1st, 2014 19:56
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