Blizzard has finally taken action against one of the most widespread World of Warcraft bots.
HonorBuddy allows users to automate a range of in-game tasks and tinker with some of the MMO's fundamental mechanics, more often than not for unfair advantage. Many have been lamenting Blizzard's inaction over the situation.
However, the developer yesterday stated that it had taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay”.
It was immediately speculated that HonorBoddy could be the program in question, and now its makers have indeed confirmed the numerous forum posts from users saying their accounts had been banned for six months.
It seems like Honorbuddy was detected, we are not sure, but looking at the BAN THREADS, we think that its the most likely option atm,” a message (as written) said on the Buddy Forum.
We are sorry for all your lost WOW Accounts, hopefully you can use them again after the 6 months ban is lifted. I have read here in the forums a bit, a lot of the accounts where 10 years old. This is a pity. We always say, do not use your valuable accounts as the risk is always there.
Some of us seem to forget the Gilder times, or were not around in 2006-2008. With Glider you knew that there where 2 software detections a year, it just happened. With Honorbuddy you thought that we are unbeateable, we never thought that, we've succeeded since 2010 - Honorbuddy had not a single software detection. It seems there is one now.
You ask yourself what happens next? For now we closed our Honorbuddy Authentication, when we know any more details we will inform you. I am not really sure why Blizzard - while being against Bots ... - has only temporary closed the accounts, for 180 days.”