Hackers Kill Hundreds of World of Warcraft Players

With an exploit, not with swords and spells. That would have been okay.


Tragedy has befallen humanity on many occasions. Vesuvius buried Pompeii in A.D. 79. Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune," according to Plato. Terrorists have struck around the world. But what of the great World of Warcraft server hack of 2012?

Stormwind, jewel of Azeroth. Orgrimmar, the point of Kalimdor's spear. Both iconic World of Warcraft cities were struck by a mysterious plague that killed off hundreds if not thousands of players. You can imagine that the streets ran red with blood. (You'll have to; there is no blood in WoW.) Skeletons (the unmoving kind) were stacked high in the streets and buildings. The dead ruled World of Warcraft that day.