Heads Up About World of Warcraft Password Reset E-mails [UPDATE]

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An e-mail some of you may have received that appears to be a request for a password reset for World of Warcraft is a phishing scam. Consult this official Blizzard thread for information. [Update: Blizzard is sending legit warnings, too.]


While some sites, such as Linked In, have prompted password resets due to the hack of our parent company's servers, the one mentioned in the thread linked above isn't legit.

Update: Since publishing this post it was brought to our attention that Blizzard has sent readers an e-mail advising them to reset their passwords. Blizzard confirmed to Kotaku that this particular e-mail is real. So if you get the one reprinted below, you should take it seriously Thanks to the readers who brought this to our attention.

From: noreply@blizzard.com
Date: XXXX
Subject: Account Security Alert: Password Reset


We've recently been informed that several Gawker Media websites have been compromised. These websites include Gawker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. To help minimize the effects of this compromise and help keep your Battle.net account safe and secure, we've reset your account password. To complete the password reset, please log into Battle.net Account Management (https://us.battle.net/account/management) and follow the provided instructions.

If you are a registered commenter for any of these sites and used your Battle.net email address to sign up with Gawker Media, we also recommend that you update your Battle.net address as soon as possible via Account Management. If you are unable to complete this step or the password reset on your own and believe your account may be compromised, please contact our customer support staff by using the Account Recovery form (https://us.battle.net/account/support/account-recovery.html) and be sure to check out our Account Security Awareness guide (http://us.battle.net/en/security/) for additional security tips and suggestions.

For more information about this situation, please visit Gawker Media's official announcement
(http://gawker.com/5713056/gawker-security-breach-were-here-to-help) or Lifehacker's comprehensive FAQ (http://lifehacker.com/5712785/faq-compromised-commenting-accounts-on-gawker-media).

Blizzard Entertainment

We apologize for the continued hassles.



This appeared in my Junk folder at 2:10 AM this morning. Should users also be warned about this e-mail, because it seems suspicious to me.