If you were lingering in one of World of Warcraft's major cities yesterday, you may have found that you were summarily the victim of a mass slaughter initiated by hackers.

The individuals managed to create a level one character that was able to kill other players, as well as non-playable characters.

Stormwind and Orgrimmar had their entire populations wiped out by a number of these unstoppable hackers, leaving nothing behind but an a multitude of skeleton.

They were taking advantage of an in-game exploit that the developer Blizzard Entertainment immediately hotfixed, indicating that it should not be repeatable.

Writing on its online forum, the firm asserted to its fans that it is taking the offence very seriously and assured gamers they will now be safe.

"Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth," said a community manager named Nethaera.

"As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation.

"We apologise for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding."

World of Warcraft has been also been making headlines in the last few days for altogether more different reasons, as it becomes the centre piece of a political row in the race for the US senate in New England.

Republicans in Maine have created a website that reveals how the Democrat candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays World of Warcraft, with the politicians pointing out that her orc rogue's penchant for back-stabbing and poison raises questions on whether she is really fit for office.

However, Ms Lachowicz responded by saying the Republicans who created the website were "out of touch".ADNFCR-1220-ID-801465870-ADNFCR
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