Devastating Hacking Wave Drains MTG Accounts Worldwide
A sensational tweet from MTGO’s Twitter account highlights a problem that has been going on in the background for the past few weeks. It turns out that a myriad of MTG players are falling victim to a wave of MTG hacks shooting across the platform. By becoming aware of the events at hand, we hope you will take some liberties to protect yourself in the event you are targeted.
MTG Hacks cleans accounts out
The tweet above from @JohnPwhetstone has started a flood of reports of MTGO players being hacked and having their Tix and cards stolen. For Arena players unfamiliar with MTGO, unlike MTG Arena, you can trade cards between accounts on MTGO. This allows players to exchange cards acquired for in-game currency or even real money. Unfortunately, it also makes MTGO a target for events like these.
Tix are simply the in-game currency for Magic Online. One Tix is generally about the value of a single US dollar.
Most MTGO accounts will have a playable deck. For reference, a deck’s price on MTGO is comparable to a deck’s price on paper. While individual card prices fluctuate wildly, prices for Modern decks, the most popular format on the platform, on MTGO vary between $200 to $1000! It is not uncommon for experienced players to have thousands of dollars in cards in their accounts.
While hacking has been a rarity on the platform for a little while now, MTGO’s official response is what caused some players to start sounding the alarm:
Change your passwords
Following John Pwhetstoneto his plea for a fix from MTG Online, the official account responded, asking anyone else who “hasn’t reset your account password recently” to “do so through in-game account settings – and make it unique to MTGO.”
The new responses to this post suggest that this has affected players across the site, and not everyone has been lucky enough to get an opportunity to re-acquire their stolen items. This event is incredibly recent, so there will likely be many more such responses soon.
Why is this happening?
We have yet to receive any reason why players should reset their account passwords. This has led to some responses, like the one above, asking if there is an external reason why players should reset their passwords. At this point, it’s safe to say that anyone with an MTGO account should consider resetting their password to a unique one they haven’t used before. As mentioned by MTG personality I’m actually LvL1could this hack be part of a significant data breach from another source.
If you are an unfortunate target of these MTG hacks, contact support ASAP. Twitter responses suggest that while not everyone has received compensation, it is a possibility. Once again, outside of the latest wave of hacks, we don’t know why MTGO is asking players to change their passwords. That being said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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