Don't worry, you're not being hacked.
It happens to me occasionally, it probably just means that your Internet Service Provider changes your IP address every once in a while. I think its called Dynamic IP address or something like that. If you reboot your modem you will probably get a new Ip assigned to you out of a pool of 5-10 different ones. Or it automaticly changes regularly or something.
Haven't heard anything about item duping. I haven't seen duping since UO, would be a damn shame if it's true, nothing ruins an economy faster.
ZOS, so far you have, to the best of my knowledge, failed to say that you're banning BUYERS, you offered no insight in the thread discussing buyers.
Care to come clean and say yes or no, and if no explain why?
At the end of the day RMT only exists due to low-life players that BUY gold, rid the game of those and RMT have no customers.
You do realize that banning a bot takes time, as you need to do at least one account verification?
If they ban a legit player, even more complains.
I see tons of complains, not a single hint on how to help.
Me too I have hundreds of email about bot, and yes all automated emails, so what, do you really plan to follow upon each one? To log back in that dungeon to go check if the bot you reported is still there?
Banning buyers, that would nor be neither good nor legal I think. Those buyers are paying customers who did nothing wrong but buy ingame gold with real money.
This is not illegal!
The way they farm gold to sell it is. (and think every single bot should have bought a game at 60$, so they need to farm 300.000 ingame gold to have a return on investment (for those who sell 10k gold for 2$).
Now lets say Zenimax decide to kill the market by opening the cash shop, allowing you to buy 10k gold for 2 $ in their cash shop. It would just instant kill the bots problem... and open another one, P2P Vs F2P discussion.
Honestly, should I be zenimax, I might attempt it, open a 1 month gold cash shop to give me time to fight botting. Limit the amount of gold you can buy per account (let's say once per char, so 8 times per account max, that is only 80k gold per player.) But maybe the risk is simply to high to do that.
So they choose to make the boss harder, now the bots do not target bosses. I was in a boss room, ondil I think, the bots were not moving between 2 mobs respawn site leaving the boss alone, and only players were camping the boss. I could complete the quest pretty quickly. In fact I only reported 3 out of at least 6 bots because i only had time to do theses 3 reports waiting for the boss to arrive and then I was done with the quest.
It is a good temporary fix. when they fix botting issue they might revert the boss spanning fix who knows.
Why bother with lowlevel to farm gold? Well this is why:
1 minor soul gem (always filled) = 9 gold
13 bots looting 9 gold of 5 mobs every minute.
585 gold / minute
35100 / hour
842400 / day
5896800 / week
In a recent event, the other day my account had an unauthorized access attempt, and Zenimax sent me and email, with a 8 character code so I could re-access my account. In the email, it said they locked it, because someone on another IP address tried to access it.
I do believe it would a good idea, and in the best interest of you as a company, and for your loyal customers to give your security measures an extra step.
By use of a remote security password. The password would change automatically every few seconds.
or one via Android or iSO app that works the exact same way as the physical remotes as pictured above.
Square-Enix already has both measures in place.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I am glad to see action being taken against gold sellers but reading the above gave me pause.... twice now i've had to use a code sent to my email because it said my IP address wasn't recognized - even though I was playing from the only computer I have ever played from - does this mean someone was trying to hack my account? If so, is it possible that some of the ingame mails are from accounts that were hacked (seeing as how half our login information is available to everyone) - in the first several days, the gold spammers all had names that didn't spell anything - just a string of letters - now I'm getting ingame mail selling gold with names that do sound like legitimate names and I wonder if their account was hacked and will now be banned because someone used it for gold selling. I'm really concerned this might happen because passwords seem to be easy for hackers to get (wasn't there recently a Heartbleed bug that supposedly exposed a ton of information?) - I'd be fine with using an authorization code like Chimera mentions - the extra step would sure make me feel more secure.