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Old 08-24-2009, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Out to steal online gold and other assets worth real money, scammers are stepping up attacks on World of Warcraft players, according to security researchers.
A researcher from anti-virus firm Webroot has written here how official forums offered by WoW creator Blizzard are being used to spread links that lead to malware that steals passwords and other game credentials. The scam employs the common technique of telling visitors that their Adobe Flash player needs to be updated and then offering a malicious trojan instead of the real installation file.


Elsewhere, phishers are churning out emails that purport to be official communications from Blizzard, according to researchers from security provider Sophos. The emails claim the game maker is launching a new service and invites them to click on a link for a free sneak peak. The resulting website, in turn, phishes user credentials.

The attack outbreaks come a few weeks after Blizzard issued an update for Warcraft III that fixed a gaping hole that could lead to the complete hijacking of machines running the real-time strategy game. According to Webroot researcher Andrew Brandt, it was exploited simply by getting vulnerable victims to join a custom game hosted with booby-trapped maps.
Attackers targeted the vulnerability in a game called DotA, or Defense of the Ancients, by creating fake maps that used the same file configurations as legitimate custom maps.
"What makes this exploit particularly nasty is the fact that your PC gets infected the moment you join a game where the infected DotA map is in use," Brandt wrote. "Once downloaded, the game automatically unpacks the infected map and executes the malicious code."
In April, Blizzard took the drastic step of advising players steer clear of all custom games until a patch could be released. With the hole plugged, attackers are falling back on other ways of preying on players

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Ah-haha serves them right...........
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Ah-haha serves them right...........
Serves who right? I don't get it?
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The WoW addicted folks.
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They deserve to have their property stolen? I hate WoW as a game as much as the next guy (who doesn't play WoW) but don't forget that WoW isn't hurting you and you don't have to play it. The only thing I really have against the game is good friends wasting their time with it, but would I want their accounts and computers to be hacked? Certainly not.
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Seriously, it really does suck when you loose items on any MMORPG.

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So I guess it would not matter to you if your Steam, UT3, COD or [Insert Game That Requires An Online Account] account got hacked.
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So I guess it would not matter to you if your Steam, UT3, COD or [Insert Game That Requires An Online Account] account got hacked.
try having your account comprimised and have your mains deleted im no wow addict but i do like to play regularly with my brother who lives an hour away. now i have no chars and must wait a week yo retrieve them.
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Well, go to the actual java site and d/l from there....

I'd run through the Osiris guide

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this happened to my coworker just last week. he was pretty ****ed off, he told me he logged on and all his characters were naked and money was gone. he called blizzard and they were able to restore his stuff.
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try having your account comprimised and have your mains deleted im no wow addict but i do like to play regularly with my brother who lives an hour away. now i have no chars and must wait a week yo retrieve them.
As my Ex-GF said when here playstation 2 was stolen during the period where she was playing Final Fantasy X
"That not just my PS2 they stole, it's about 40 hours of my life!"

An 40 hours is peanuts compaired to the hours spent on MMORPGs.
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