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Sina Online Poll Asks for Game Account Passwords

DoNews, 9/10/08

On an online poll for "classic online games" run by Chinese Internet portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) was asking players for their account number, password and server before allowing them to vote. As of the morning of September 11, online games such as World of Warcraft and Cross Gate 2 - Concerto Gate had received more than 12,000 votes each. A note on the voting page stated that Sina would not be held responsible for the security of account information. Game operators such as The9 (Nasdaq: NCTY), Netease (Nasdaq: NTES) and Shanda (Nasdaq: SNDA) were said to be investigating the matter to see if there was any security risk.

Editor's Note: By the afternoon of September 11, over 103,000 users had voted for over 560 games, with the top 5 being World of Warcraft, Cross Gate 2 - Concerto Gate, Groove Party, The Legend of Mir 2 and MU. Shortly afterwards, Sina altered the poll so that people could vote without needing to enter account information. The original article has now also disappeared from the DoNews site.

Keywords: Groove Party Cross Gate 2 - Concerto Gate Internet Legend of Mir 2 MU NCTY Netease NTES security Shanda Sina SNDA The9 online gaming WoW

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