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Easy Gold Farming!

August 17, 2011

So I discovered today that my private email address has been used to register for a Battlenet account. I got an email telling me to click to authenticate the registered email, etc etc. So, thinking myself a clever-clogs, I clicked the link while planning to force a password reset on the Battlenet account so as to prevent the account’s use by miscreants and to stop any future use by gold farmers or spam bots or whoever farm these things… well…

BIG MISTAKE. In order to reset your Battlenet password you need to know three things, the email address registered (check!), the first name (“Zhang” was in the email, check!) and a last name. Shit. No last name in the email and ticking “no last name” on the password reset page.

I tried to email blizzard at accounts@blizzard.com, but the auto-reply says the emails are no longer monitored and I should visit the support center and put in a ticket. But first, what would I need to do? You guessed it. Log in.


So now some spam bot or gold farmer is happily using my email address to get up to mischief on Battlenet and there’s not a thing I can do about it. Well done, Blizzard, you truly are the masters of account security!

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  1. Rez
    August 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    If you do a google search you’ll see the same thing happened to tons of people (including me), with the same “Zhang” registering an account with our email.


    • August 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Well, bugger!

  2. Therlun
    October 21, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Ok… I don’t get the “clever bit”. Couldn’t you just have ignored the mail and everything would have been fine?
    Not to spill Shadenfreude all over you, but even if had worked, what would have been the advantage of authenticating and then changing the password?

    • October 21, 2011 at 4:51 am

      To prevent me getting more of those emails once the registration had expired.

  3. Guest
    November 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Not very clever of you.

    You could have registered a new battle.net-Account on your own.

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