Guild Wars II users required to change passwords

Mandatory password change for popular subscription-free MMO starting this month.

The three-million selling Guild Wars II will force its users to change their account passwords as part of a security drive, ArenaNet has announced.

Users who have not changed their password since September 12, 2012--when ArenaNet introduced password blacklisting on its servers--will be required to change their password from February 7, 2013 if they wish to continue playing.

Gamers are being encouraged by ArenaNet to change their passwords as soon as possible, however.

ArenaNet introduced password blacklisting, which stops users from choosing passwords that hackers have attempted to use in the past, went active as part of a major security update last year. Guild Wars II suffered from security problems at launch, and ArenaNet has been working to combat the situation since.

Speaking in September, ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien explained the password blacklisting process in detail. "We're building a blacklist of all the passwords that hackers are scanning for--it’s already at 20 million passwords and growing--and we’re preventing new customers from choosing any of those passwords," he said.

"This system has substantially eliminated hackers' ability to steal new accounts, as all new accounts now cannot possibly match what the hackers have been scanning for. The rate of account hacking was about 1.5 percent for accounts created before this blacklist was in place, and is about 0.1 percent for accounts created after."

"Because this has been so successful at protecting new accounts, we want to extend it to protect existing accounts too. But it’s harder for us to know whether passwords of existing accounts are known to hackers: it’s difficult to distinguish between a login attempt by the real customer and a login attempt by a hacker. So we'll take the safe approach and ask all existing customers to change their passwords, and blacklist everyone’s old password in the process."

For more information on Guild Wars II, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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18 comments
jhcho2
jhcho2

So I guess it's somewhat acceptable for ArenaNet to have a hacked server while it isn't for Sony right? This article is nothing but a subtle declaration by ArenaNet that they got hacked, and need you to change your password. Sony sort of did the same thing but got sued all over the place and heavily criticized

tgwolf
tgwolf

I am sooooo tired of Guild Wars and their gimmicks, and I will never get Guild Wars 2...

Tzap
Tzap

I dig it. Cutting down account hacking from 1.5% to 0.1% is awesome. But all that from just blacklisting certain passwords? What are these wankers using as a password in the first place? asdf123 for life 

surferosh
surferosh

my friends account was hacked.. he only got to know it after his account was banned !!

he then got in touch with A'Net who restored his account.. only for him to find out that all his gold had been whisked away !

fortunately none of his gear was tampered with.. 

carolino
carolino

Do it guys.

Nice game but also frist game i got hacked.  I tryed a lot of mmos.

Plus they don´t restore items even if you justify the account is yours.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

Also thought I should mention that this is a great game. Love it! too bad I don't have enough time to play it. God i wish I was still a teenager and could just be lazy and play games all day. responsibility sucks :(

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I don't see how this is news material. Changing passwords for these types of games is pretty common. Ive had to change my battlenet account soo many times.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 The password itself needs to go. It's increasingly ineffective at keeping hackers out and can be found out in a variety of ways.

alenth
alenth

I hope they get rid of all those damn bots.

Icame2play
Icame2play

@tgwolf if you are going off articles to pick a game thats pretty damn good and has hackers like every other game. Thats pretty sad to here

adam270391
adam270391

@carolino Technically it's "they can't restore items" since they still don;t have the system up and running that allows them to roll-back individual characters which would restore stolen gold/items in the process.

fatee
fatee moderator

@Sefrix People just need to properly understand the concept of a password when creating one. "password" and "12345" is not acceptable.