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Hackers Attack World of Warcraft Gamers

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Hackers are targeting World of Warcraft players, possibly looking for loot and items.

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sohpos Labs, is reporting that hackers are targeting subscribers of World of Warcraft in order to gain access to passwords and other account information. Apparently, subscribers are receiving an exclusive email invitation announcing a sneak peak to a new in-game feature: beast mounting. The free trial allegedly allows players to ride wolves, rams, horses, or any other beast that can carry a rider, but only for a limited time.

"Emails intercepted by researchers at Sophos Labs pose as official communications from World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment, but are really intended to lead players to a phishing website," Cluley explained.

By clicking on a link provided by the email, subscribers are led to a fake World of Warcraft site that requests login credentials. Hackers then obtain the account information, login to the player's account, and steal whatever virtual items players may have acquired. In-game items such as gold and armor can be sold off to third-party websites for real-world currency.

"Game players would be wise to remember that if something sounds too good to be true (free gold, free weapons, free expansions), it invariably is too good to be true," he added.

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    Anonymous , August 25, 2009 11:32 PM
    Give it a rest...why does everyone that posts on this site think they freaking know everything...it was an interesting story you douchebag..Toms should disable comments too many losers post here.
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    peterkidd , August 25, 2009 11:39 PM
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    Give it a rest...why does everyone that posts on this site think they freaking know everything...it was an interesting story you douchebag..Toms should disable comments too many losers post here.


    Thank you.
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    dauthus , August 26, 2009 1:46 AM
    Anyone who takes their WoW account seriously should just shell out the $7 or so for an authenticator key. It's about the size of a usb memory stick with a single button and tiny 6 digit screen. You digitally assign your key to your account, and every time you log on, you are prompted for a 6 digit code. You click the button on your key, and voila, a unique 6 digit code appears allowing you to log in.

    Hackers could get your account name and password, but w/out the physical key, that info is worthless.
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2009 11:32 PM
    Give it a rest...why does everyone that posts on this site think they freaking know everything...it was an interesting story you douchebag..Toms should disable comments too many losers post here.
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    nickul , August 25, 2009 11:38 PM
    yaaay! gooo hackers! screw wow!
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    peterkidd , August 25, 2009 11:39 PM
    Quote:
    Give it a rest...why does everyone that posts on this site think they freaking know everything...it was an interesting story you douchebag..Toms should disable comments too many losers post here.


    Thank you.
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    Raidur , August 26, 2009 12:16 AM
    Down with WoW up with Vanguard:SOH! (Warhammer isn't bad too =P)

    Anyways, peoples have to be more careful! Probably best to look things up at the official website before doing something like that. Guess they learned it the hard way. =/
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    dogofwars , August 26, 2009 12:50 AM
    Always good to let people know about those type of issues time to time so they keep they're guard up. Nothing bad there can only help a few that can forget about those thing. Of course there is people that expect that everybody think the same way they. If the content does not please you there is always the option of other board or again to build your own!!!
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    Kaiser_25 , August 26, 2009 12:54 AM
    While it is old news...for gamers, for some people it isnt, it is a viable article, as i got that same ingame message they are talking about...ofcourse i knew to ignore it. stupid gold farmers...
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    maigo , August 26, 2009 1:38 AM
    I think the joke is "Beast Mounting"
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    vladtepes , August 26, 2009 1:40 AM
    Maybe we need the Southpark team and "The Sword of a Thousand Truths"
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    dauthus , August 26, 2009 1:46 AM
    Anyone who takes their WoW account seriously should just shell out the $7 or so for an authenticator key. It's about the size of a usb memory stick with a single button and tiny 6 digit screen. You digitally assign your key to your account, and every time you log on, you are prompted for a 6 digit code. You click the button on your key, and voila, a unique 6 digit code appears allowing you to log in.

    Hackers could get your account name and password, but w/out the physical key, that info is worthless.
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    viometrix , August 26, 2009 2:03 AM
    dauthusAnyone who takes their WoW account seriously should just shell out the $7 or so for an authenticator key. It's about the size of a usb memory stick with a single button and tiny 6 digit screen. You digitally assign your key to your account, and every time you log on, you are prompted for a 6 digit code. You click the button on your key, and voila, a unique 6 digit code appears allowing you to log in. Hackers could get your account name and password, but w/out the physical key, that info is worthless.



    thank you....end of story
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    megamanx00 , August 26, 2009 2:52 AM
    So people are getting duped because they are getting excited about beast mounting...............

    Yeah... not cool.. and a bit disturbing..... :D 
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    Nogard , August 26, 2009 3:31 AM
    Aion ftw
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    jangocat , August 26, 2009 7:26 AM
    CDS you seem to think your opinion is more valuable then others. If you don't like the comments don't read them...simple. Not everyone is against freedom of speech, in fact the Iranians are dying for it, think about it... Oh and Blizzard sucks and they have the worst community of any MMO IMO, they attract suckers...
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    amdfangirl , August 26, 2009 9:51 AM
    Lesson: Don't play Wow
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    pbrigido , August 26, 2009 11:18 AM
    I don't understand why people bash WoW. If someone has an attraction to the lore, game play, Warcraft in general, or the community it creates, why not play the game? Isn't desirable content and PvP action determined by the individual playing...not the outsider's opinion? What's more, $13 per month to enjoy a recreational activity is a rather cheap expence compared to other pastimes or hobbies.

    For 4 and a half years, Blizzard as done an incredible job at creating a digital universe full of diversity in many different aspects. For those who are drawn to other MMOs are attracted there not because WoW is a bad game, but because they prefer the services that other games provide.

    However, with the interest of sticking on topic; people who hack for the intent of doing damage to others deserve to be caught and punished despite the software involved.
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    roorunner , August 26, 2009 2:17 PM
    Actually, people aren't getting email, it is an ingame whisper that is poorly worded. Dauthus has it right - get an ingame authenticator.

    @Ciuy - thats a really stupid comment. Everyone, and I don't care from what part of the globe you live in, likes free. But, they don't take the time to think.
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    ssalim , August 26, 2009 2:28 PM
    How did this make the news? It's an old scam email that applies to any and all, not just WoW gamers.
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