Straight from the turtle’s mouth:
A recent vulnerability has been discovered in popular web-content delivery program Adobe Flash, and it could potentially be used to target World of Warcraft players and accounts. The newest available version of Adobe Flash, version 188.8.131.52, does not contain this vulnerability, and we recommend that everyone upgrade their Flash player as soon as possible by visiting the Adobe.com download page at the link below.
In addition, to avoid exploitation of this vulnerability, we have temporarily disabled the ability to post hyperlinks in our forums. Any links will need to be copied and pasted into a browser. We’ll continue to evaluate any potential security threats and take any steps necessary to ensure a safe and fun environment.
For more information on this issue, you can read the announcements from the Adobe security team concerning the threat at the links below.
Well, this explains a lot. There have been a slew of hacking reports coming across the forums as of late, and I was beginning to get concerned that either
a) the average intellect of the common WoW-player was dropping by an impressive amount; or
b) something nasty had happened.
Turned out it was option b. The moment I heard this I hustled over to the Adobe page and checked my version – up to date and theoretically safe, thank goodness. Nonetheless, a password change can’t hurt. I’ve been leery of my password since I learned that the letter case is ignored.
Props to Blizzard for putting out a warning, and props to Adobe for fixing the problem. Fail to all the scum of the earth out there who exploited this at the players’ expense. 😦