Hackers Attack World of Warcraft Gamers

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
    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
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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
    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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  • Honis
    This has been happening to MMOs for years! Why is this news now? Did someone at Toms get fooled and begin "investing"?
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  • Anonymous
    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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  • billydomaks
    this has been going on for a loooooooong time....everyone who plays an mmo knows this, no offence.
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