Hacked

I suppose had a good run.

This morning I received a call from Coolidge to ask if I was on my account. I wasn’t. When I logged in after changing my account password, I saw that Cymre was just standing at the mailbox in a shirt, all the gold (including the Guild bank) and some of the items had been transferred as well as all my other 85 toons – four are now on another server, two even had a faction change. Ironically, I now have 99 free spots in my bags and 11 slots are free in my personal bank. Quite a lot of stuff was withdrawn from the Guild bank but I think the most important item from there was the Gold itself. I’m kind of thankful that things like my Scepter of the Shifting Sands are worth no monetary value though =/

In seven years, this is the first time my account has been hacked. Just when things were going a little bit better in terms of game play. Not a lot has been happening in WoW for me lately due to the lack of people to do some of the larger stuff with but after what happened earlier in the year my love of the game has somewhat dwindled. I still enjoy quite a lot the game has to offer but un/fortunately a lot of it can be done through solo play. Which is where I’m still at right now but I still miss some of the things I was able to do just with even three or four people.

I’m still not at the point where I want a Guild with people per se but unfortunately for me, this meant that for some (in the process of all this) have snubbed me which makes the game more lonely. If they feel hurt, imagine how I feel for a second… even at the Dath’remar Fashion Show, which should have been an outstanding moment in my gaming history, turned out to be a pretty depressing one for me as it turned out a number of people who I knew, didn’t even acknowledge my existence, even after I offered my congratulations in a whisper to them, only two responded. I understand the excitement with being on vent, etc. will do that but in a way it was a disappointing end to what was my Birthday.

As I wrote earlier in the year, feeling devastated over the loss of the raiding team, it was a constant battle to keep raids running for the seven months while we were actively trying to keep the Guild afloat. But in the end, we regrettably called it a day as for most, it seemed like quite a few saw our Guild just as an alt guild or their skill as a player were somewhat lacking, even with offered help and suggestions.

So Cool and I needed to be anonymous for a while and drop off the grid. This meant removing everyone from our friends/RealID lists. Not knowing whether it would be a name change, Guild change or server change. In a way, it was to try and digest the last seven months that were a constant struggle to find people, get raids going, trying to placate the other members and keep progression at a steady rate. Coolidge in particular felt that this server had screwed us over too many times to make any type of effort after that.

On a side note, I make an effort to comment on a lot of blogs, etc. but it doesn’t really seem to translate to what I get in return. I do have my constant few who come back for what I have to say and I thank you from the bottom of my heart Navi, Coolidge and Tome.

In-game though, only one had made an effort to keep any semblance of a friendship going but after what’s happened today, I’m wondering if it’s all worth it. I’ve always been very careful with my account, etc. but nothing is ever really any guarantee.

At the same time, it seems like I’ve written about the same types of things lately. As I read the other day on someone’s blog, you can only read so much about ‘x’. So perhaps that’s my cue to take a break from this too but in truth, blogging has given me so much enjoyment over the past six months. I was really starting to get excited about some of the superhero posts I’ve done that even last night I had started work on the next one.

So until then, I guess I’ll read you when I read you…

Edit: Don’t miss my follow up Thank you post, in which I respond to all the comments below.

Author: Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your frustrations with the wow community on your server and guild. Also the Hack is a bummer too. Sometimes a fresh start is good whether it be a server transfer and name change into a new guild or just take a break and come back fresh for MoP. Nevertheless good luck :)

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  2. I hope you keep posting, I enjoy your posts. Sorry I don’t comment much, I will try to do better in the future. I hope your gaming becomes enjoyable to you soon. Have fun in Game.

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  3. That stinks! I hope things get better soon. Oh, and random question, do you want the website thing to show blogs? Cause it won’t take my url.

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  4. Glad I caught it for you sweetheart. You know I have tickets up atm for you and am hoping we can get all your/our stuff back… I know we are playing D3 more atm but having your stuff back for when MOP comes live will be so much better. And!, I know how much you like your outifts… so TO ALL YOUR OTHER VIEWERS!!! I SAY CURSE WHOEVER DID THIS TO CYMRE AND HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN HER TO GET ALL HER STUFF TOGETHER! I know some of you others have something that has taken so long to get and hold onto… think of just losing that after all the work you have done. This is truly how Cym is atm. Thank you all for being supportive.

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  5. This post makes me sad sad sad, I just want to jump into wow and give you hugs and kisses and cake and ice cream!

    I really wish there is something I could say that would make you feel better. I do read all our posts I just don’t comment all that much because I don’t think I have anything worthwhile to say :) I have so many bloggers on my realid and I don’t think I have spoken to any of them out of fear.

    Let’s go find a raid team together!! I need a new one. :) heeheh

    I hope you feel better soon and remember that there are some worthwhile people around!

    Hugs

    Dragonray

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  6. Sorry to hear about you getting hacked hun that really sucks.
    Fortunately Blizzard is really good about that and you should get all you items back really soon including the guild bank stuff :) as long as your tickets are in

    I really hope you keep up with the blog too I love it! Your superhero transmog posts rock!

    Thanks to you and navi I have many blogs I read now that I discovered though you guys!!!

    You do an amazing job here !!!

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  7. I am so sorry you have to go through this. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but please hang in there. Take the break if you need the time, but don’t give up on the blogging. I’ve blogged in some fashion for over 12 yrs. don’t let the ass(es) who did this take that from you as well

    I have a spare authenticator that has never been opened. You are more than welcome to it. If you are interested just mail me and I will get it out to you.

    /hugs

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  8. Ouch, that sucks. :( Don’t give up on getting it all restored though! Blizz is usually pretty good about it, it might just take a bit. I was hacked a while back and it does feel like such a personal attack, but good luck and I hope it all gets fixed. :)

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  9. Omg Cym! Noooooooo!!!!

    Don’t let a few bad experiences and a hacker ruin what you obviously enjoy doing. :)

    And this is for completely selfish reasons as I love seeing what your latest costume is, your explorations of pandaland/D3 and your endless rare creature search. While I don’t play WoW any more, I love keeping in touch with what is going on through your tremendous effort!

    So thank you and please don’t stop! :D

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  10. Oh Cym I’m so sorry to hear that :( that is just awful and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It must be so heartbreaking :( BIG BIG HUGS. And look at this outpouring of support! How can you say that people don’t come visit you :) Look Rades is there and my god he’s famous!!!

    I am hoping Blizz restores it all for you and it will just be a bad dream and another tiny hiccup on the road to more awesome costumes. Blogging is such a fun thing, I can’t imagine you would stop now after you have made so many friends here, and reading all these replies should surely bolster your spirits.

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  11. Sorry to hear about this, Cyn. Seems to happen to the nicest of people. :(

    As others have said, don’t get disheartened as Blizzard are awesome at restoring everything. And let us restore your faith and love in the game and community with hugs and love <3

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  12. *hugs* sorry you were hacked! Those rat bastards!

    Hopefully stepping away will help you feel better and when you come back everything will be fixed again :-(

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  13. Being violated like this is never going to be easy to cope with, and its bound to be made worse by the other circumstances you detail. Needless to say, you are a valuable and significant member of a larger community away from the Game and those people will support you in whatever you now choose to do.

    I’d suggest an authenticator now as a matter of priority and perhaps it is time to reach out to the communities you feel comfortable with in an attempt to find yourself a new home for Pandaria.

    If you need anything, you know all you have to do is ask :D

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  14. Hey! I’m really, really sorry to hear what happened, with all the little and not so little bumps and bruises this really must be the proverbial straw. But don’t despair! As people have tried reassuring you, GM’s mostly act really fast – a month or two ago I saw my friend log all his characters at once, so I opened a ticked and the GM’s restored as much as they could after a couple of days – he even got 2000 gold on top of what he had before.

    Maybe it’s time to get an authenticator? (Unless you already had it, but I thought Blizzard were reassuring us the authenticator is the only foolproof precaution you can take.)

    From what I’ve read here, you were trying to wipe the slate clean before, which is not a bad idea. However, things in WoW are really quiet now for everyone – one of our raid leaders even got so pissed off with people playing D3 all the time and only coming online for raids, that he upped his business and transferred to a busy-bee server. I guess it’s only normal; it’s the end of the expansion, end of the semester, all sorts of new games are being launched – people will slowly start coming back in time for Mists. Perhaps you should shift your focus onto that, and keep busy meanwhile – the start of an expansion is the perfect time to form a new guild, perhaps even on another server (I’d prefer a server change over a name change – it’s as if my characters lose part of their identity otherwise).
    Ours is not a busy server at all, but we do get a semi-decent stream of applicants every couple of weeks (our raid leaders are even thinking of starting a 25 man group in Mists if it stays that way), so I’m thinking yours might be a little low-pop? I’m just guessing here, though. :)

    On the WoW-Factor thing, I think it’s highly probable the people you were congratulating were getting a lot of whispers at the same time – with a small chat window, no chat addons and a busy trade chat it’s really easy to miss a couple of whispers. Don’t take it to heart – and if you are completely certain they weren’t responding on purpose, you know now they’re not worthy of time nor effort. In WoW, I only have two Real-ID friends I can count on left – most of my real life friends have quit playing a long time ago – one real life friend, and one I met in the game. The latter has access to my account and I to his, I can really say this is the most meaningful friendship I’ve formed these last two years. And we don’t even talk that much! But we’re always off doing things together, especially now that WoW is near-dead. For most of the others on my Real ID, I hate to say this, but when we talk I feel bothered – others I have never even spoken to! I wish I could do the same as you and throw them all off of my friendslist, I’ve even been contemplating to get parental controls so it would remove all the Real ID friends. What I’m trying to say in between all this babbling, is that it doesn’t matter how many friendships you have, as long as they’re good ones.

    Take as much as you need to vent and clear your frustrations, but don’t grow cynical – not of the game, not of your blog, not of people; never of people! Hopefully by the time you are back you’ll have a full mailbox waiting for you, as well as your characters back where they belong and some renewed hope. :)

    (Looking back at this huge wall of text, it might be a good thing I don’t comment much – apologies, and a /cheer if you manage to get through it!)

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  15. Hey Cym, That’s terrible news. Though from others Blizz are pretty good at getting stuff back.

    Don’t worry about solo play for a while, there’s plenty to do (hell, it’s what I’ve been doing for 7 years). And your RL friends in game are always around too.

    Don’t stop the blog either, it can be a real release sometimes to talk about stuff. If you’ve got stuff you want to write about, write it. Don’t do it to get readers or comments, do it because you want to. Hell, I’m sure my rambling about stuff everyone has done months (or years) ago isn’t all that interesting to most. But I still write.

    I always read your entries (though I admit, I skim anything on MoP, but I’m sure you knew that). And I always appreciate your comments on my own, though I don’t reciprocate much, that’s just me.

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  16. So sad to hear of this, I do hope everything works out for you, and to the better. Try not to let the jerkbutts get you down though. Rest assured, their day will come.

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  17. I’m terribly sorry to hear that you’ve been hacked. While I don’t yet know that feeling personally, I’ve watched as my wife and even a few guildmates were. I hope that doesn’t defeat your involvement in the game.

    I also hope you continue to write. I read your blog every day and even come back when you post a second time. I don’t always comment because I don’t always feel I have something to say. Or, I check it at work and have to step away from the computer…forgetting to come back and share my thoughts. For that, I apologize.

    I’m not sure what client you’re on, but if it’s the US I’d love to have you on my Real ID. Even if it’s just to chat.

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  18. Oh no Cymre, I’m so sorry to hear you got hacked, I can’t even imagine how awful that must be. Hopefully Blizzard will get you back in one piece quickly.

    Maybe if you just take a short blog holiday you’ll feel like posting again. I know I’m being selfish but I’m used to waking up and finding three or four Cymre posts and saying OH! I’ve got to catch up! Quick, quick, catch up! If you’re not here I would miss you horribly and I know I’m not the only one.

    Hugs!

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  19. Really sorry to hear you got hacked :(
    It seems to be going around at the moment but Blizzard are amazingly good at restoring everything.

    I also have to echo Tome, I know I don’t comment a lot but I do read all your posts and I will miss you if you do decide to quit. I’m actually working on a blog post at the moment inspired by one of your posts so even if you don’t feel it, you have had a huge impact on the community.

    /hug.

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  20. I don’t tend to comment a lot, myself, because (stupidly) I tend to get anxious that whatever I say will sound dumb (kinda like actually admitting that here! ha)… but i love reading your posts.
    /hugs and I sure hope your stuff is back right quick.

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  21. Oh no!
    I’ll admit I mostly read your blog via reader; but I do read every single one of your posts! (Sometimes I even save them up for taking quick breaks at work – especially the rare and mog posts, because the pictures are the most relaxing)
    You’ve inspired me to write more than one post, and between you and Navi, got me started hunting rares.

    I hope that you and Coolidge can find some fun… but if you need to find a new server and don’t mind coming to the gold and blue, you could find a home in Higher Authority. :)

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  22. Oh wow, I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you. I got hacked once during Wrath. I lost all my gear, and emptied my guild’s bank of all the mats and gold…

    Even after getting the authenticator and a full restoration, I couldn’t bring myself to play Hyperious for about two weeks. Every time I logged on, I felt violated all over again, just seeing him near the bank in Orgrimmar.

    Sad times. Hopefully you get everything all squared away quickly. *crosses fingers*

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  23. I’ve had my account hacked a few times over the last few years and it can really be a devastating feeling to have so much stolen and sold off. The last time I think I had to wait around two weeks to get anything restored. Since then I use an authenticator and I haven’t had any problems again.

    If blogging is something you love keep at it. We all have those times where we feel like throwing in the towel but it isn’t always a lasting feeling. I’ve felt like it many times over the past few years but I’m always glad I didn’t, I love blogging about games.

    It is only human to sometimes need a break from something. I’ve had to take certain breaks with my games, over the years, to just clear my head for a time. People will get over it and you’ll feel more refreshed and less burnt out with your writing for it.

    I hope you get things sorted out soon :)

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  24. Oh Cym, I just want to /hug you after reading this. I was hacked a couple of years ago and I know how it feels. =( All of that hard work, everything…just…gone, and worse than that, that feeling that is left that you can’t quite put a finger on…

    Your things will get restored in time though (and they will, blizz is really good about that), heck you may even get extra things that you didn’t originally have… ;)

    As others have said, I may not always comment, but I always read (and very much enjoy reading) your posts when I can. You have soooooo many people out there rooting for you. It may not feel like it sometimes, but you do! =)

    /big hugs

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  25. You know, please don’t feel bad if I do not comment as much as I visit. Your blog, style and voice is one of my all-time favorites. You do not see or hear l the invisible thoughts: every time I kill a rare I think of you now. When I see a beautiful blood elf female I am rinsed of your style and grace. I am so so sorry about the hack. I would liken it to the level of having one’s house vandalized. No platitudes or other words except for you are more “there” than perhaps you think or believe, but you are there for me.

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  26. Hi Cymre,

    Apologies for not doing this sooner, but I’m still getting back into the swing of things.

    I know things have since been resolved by Blizzard, but I’d just like to say how sorry I am that something like this happened to someone as nice as you. It is a truly, truly horrible experience, and you have my full sympathies.

    It has happened to me once, (ironically just before Blizzard announced the launch of their authenticators). I was literally heartbroken, and I am not ashamed to admit it. My emotions ranged from white-hot anger at the perpetrators, through tearful frustration, to abject dejection. It may seem strange to anyone who’s never experienced it, but I felt violated. A part of me had been taken over by a stranger, and they had not been kind.

    The loss of the items and mementoes, while upsetting, pales in comparison with that sense of violation. I wanted to quit, to never log in again, and just have done with it all. Thankfully, my better half talked me round and convinced me that would only grant the account thief a second victory. It took time, but I eventually began playing again. Oddly, I drifted away from playing, what had been, my main shortly afterwards. Thankfully this was before Alethiar, as I would hate to think about not wanting to play her!

    In short, I suspect I know at least some of what you’ll be feeling, even with the “resolution”. Just don’t let this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. There is still so much fun and enjoyment to be had in WoW, and your voice has always served so well to convey much of that fun and wonder.

    On a related note, I sincerely hope you do continue blogging about your experiences too. I will hold my hands up to being one of the guilty parties you mention above. I have read so many of your posts without commenting, and for that I apologise. Despite knowing how much a response to a post can mean, I still have a tendency to feel that you and other bloggers do not want to know what I think of your post. That somehow my opinion doesn’t matter. That’s my failing, not yours. You have an unique and inspiring voice, and sometimes I just don’t feel I have anything valid to contribute. That doesn’t change the amount of enjoyment I get from reading your posts, but I am painfully aware that you won’t know that, because I don’t tell you!

    Anyway, I don’t want to labour the point, (or am I just making up for lost time?).

    I hope you’re back in WoW to stay, and that you intend to continue writing. I will certainly continue reading, and do my best to comment a bit more.

    If ever you need to vent to someone who knows what an account breach is like, give me a shout.

    *hug*

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