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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • nickul
    yaaay! gooo hackers! screw wow!
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  • peterkidd
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I think the joke is "Beast Mounting"
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  • vladtepes
    Maybe we need the Southpark team and "The Sword of a Thousand Truths"
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