Med stortitlar som World of Warcraft, Diablo III och Starcraft II är Blizzard och dess speltjänst Battle.net en ständig måltavla för hackarattacker. I augusti lyckades angripare komma över en databas med krypterade lösenord till nordamerikanska användarkonton, vilket väckt frågor om hur säkert systemet i själva verket är.
Nu rapporterar Courthouse News att Blizzard stäms för säkerhetsdosan Authenticator, som kostar pengar. I stämningen hävdas att Blizzard inte informerar om att dosan krävs för att bibehålla en god säkerhetsnivå i samband med spelköp, vilket sägs vilseleda kunderna.
Enligt stämningen har Blizzard tjänat uppemot 26 miljoner dollar, motsvarande 175 miljoner svenska kronor på att sälja säkerhetsdosor till användare. Blizzard menar dock att de inte tjänar pengar på dosorna utan att priset endast täcker tillverkningskostnaden. De poängterar också att vem som helst kan installera en gratisversion av programvaran på valfri smartphone.
Blizzard har lämnat ett uttalande till Gamesindustry International. Spelhuset vill inte kännas vid anklagelserna utan menar att stämningen innehåller felaktigheter och missförstånd.
The suit's claim that we didn't properly notify players regarding the August 2012 security breach is not true. Not only did Blizzard act quickly to provide information to the public about the situation, we explained the actions we were taking and let players know how the incident affected them, including the fact that no names, credit card numbers, or other sensitive financial information was disclosed. You can read our letter to players and a comprehensive FAQ related to the situation on our website.
The suit also claims that the Battle.net Authenticator is required in order to maintain a minimal level of security on the player's Battle.net account information that's stored on Blizzard's network systems. This claim is also completely untrue and apparently based on a misunderstanding of the Authenticator's purpose. The Battle.net Authenticator is an optional tool that players can use to further protect their Battle.net accounts in the event that their login credentials are compromised outside of Blizzard's network infrastructure. Available as a physical device or as a free app for iOS or Android devices, it offers players an added level of security against account-theft attempts that stem from sources such as phishing attacks, viruses packaged with seemingly harmless file downloads, and websites embedded with malicious code.
When a player attaches an Authenticator to his or her account, it means that logging in to Battle.net will require the use of a random code generated by the Authenticator in addition to the player's login credentials. This helps our systems identify when it's actually the player who is logging in and not someone who might have stolen the player's credentials by means of one of the external theft measures mentioned above, or as a result of the player using the same account name and password on another website or service that was compromised. Considering that players are ultimately responsible for securing their own computers, and that the extra step required by the Authenticator is an added inconvenience during the log in process, we ultimately leave it up to the players to decide whether they want to add an Authenticator to their account. However, we always strongly encourage it, and we try to make it as easy as possible to do.
Many players have voiced strong approval for our security-related efforts. Blizzard deeply appreciates the outpouring of support it has received from its players related to the frivolous claims in this particular suit.