Ok, it's turning out to be a wonderful month
... first all the problems with a system at work, then I come home to this ... I know for certain my WoW account was compromised, but I'm reluctant to think it was a game add-on that left me open ... because my harddrive completely died after a reboot (a reboot into a linux livecd at that!).
I was running SAV, and even went so far as updating and running a full system scan just yesterday, with nothing found. I've managed to get my WoW account back (my more important gear still intact too) because my roommates are guildmates, and they realized *I* wasn't actually online, while my characters were. I'm working with Blizzard on taking care of their end of tracing back any accounts associated with the problem (my gear/gold had to go somewhere) ... but that's just WoW.
I've changed my passwords pretty much on all the accounts I've accessed in the past month or so, in case it was a keylogger, but I'm curious how many backdoors have a means of killing the harddrive.
What is particularly confusing, is that my system shutdown fine, then booted fine off a UBCD into INSERT (linux) ... and only about 5-10 mins after that, before I could get to pulling my data, the drive started making a strange, almost printer-like noise (kinda a whirr followed by a little click ... best I can describe it the morning after)
If it weren't for the drive dying, I had planned to completely zero the drive and reinstall windows ... basically a "just in case" measure.
Anyone have any clue what it could have been? I'd go through a list of the little things I've done lately ... but I'd have to look in a folder that I cant get to anymore to do that ... but I don't think I had installed anything in about a month other than stuff I did yesterday (a couple XP powertoys) ... and I hadn't been on WoW since I did any of that.