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Cybercriminals targeting online gamers, by the thousands

By Julio Franco
Feb 11, 2013
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  1. Phishing sites and emails designed to look like official bank notifications are nothing new, but perhaps you should look closer next time you get a suspecting email for your favorite online game. Kaspersky Labs is reporting that during 2012 they...

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its not bad enough that we have to deal with gold/gil/currency farmers that monopolize the best in game spots to make money. Its not bad enough that practically EVER Notorius Monster that drops any sort of useable gear is over camped. This isnt even as bad as the experience points parties ran by gold sellers. This is worse then all of the above. Now their greed knows no boundries. Something HAS to be done about these people. I know I have personally broken 3 gil selling groups by useing my own time and tracking how they worked then reporting the findings to GM's. This however is far beyond putting in some personal time. They are going after the gamers without being in a game. I play on XBOX so Im pretty sure I would be safe. But others play on PC, and normally more then one person uses that PC. This is a disaster brewing. There has to be someway to stop these individuals.
     
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  3. The only way to stop them would be for the players to stop buying their ****... if they arent making a profit they would die out... but as long as people buy from them they will always be there
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,185   +748

    That's true for games like WoW where you're not supposed to buy gold, but people do and it keeps the black market going. But there are other games where purchasing things for money is allowed, and people have no idea who they're buying from.

    More games need to use Blizzard's authentication model. You have an app on your phone (or you can get a physical device) that gives you a code you have to enter. You only use it once a week or so, but if you try to log in from a different PC or even the same PC on a different network it makes you enter your code again. The code changes every 10 seconds or so, so keyloggers/fake sites etc wouldn't be able to use it.
     
  5. RubinOnRye

    RubinOnRye TS Rookie Posts: 57

     
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,185   +748

    RubinOnRye, I didnt' mean to imply it was their idea. The company I work for has been doing it for years as well if we want to log on from home. Blizzard is just the only game company I know of that realizes their customer's info is sought after in the same manner as someone's bank account, and they have the security to match.
     
  7. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    All you need is thinking and a firewall, no LHC science here.
     
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  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Maniac Posts: 1,006   +103

    I'm shocked these email scams still work... when they shouldn't. Wake up people!
     
  9. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Enthusiast Posts: 232   +56

    I've constantly seen in my junk folder, a good 10-15 Runescape emails daily. Despite never joining the game once, possibly someone used the address as a reference or something? That said though, I see a bunch of Diablo 3 / World of Warcraft spoof emails, none which bother me because it's all common sense.

    I don't play ANY of those games, even if I did play em I'd expect no such emails. There's always people clueless enough, to actually continue clicking these fake links. Anyone with half a logical brain, would check the link before clicking. Just because it says in the email "battle.net" or w/e, doesn't mean it's the real thing. Honestly.. they need 5 seconds to highlight an email address, check the link for matching and move on.

    I've also seen some places, actually take spam/spoofed emails from users. Just so they can be aware of things, since there's always new bots out there. I don't know what to expect honestly, except a lot of upset players. Until they think logically, there's little you can honestly do.
     
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 852   +11

    I rarely actually see any of these emails in my personally email inbox - they usually get grabbed my gmails spam filter, and then I never see them.
    I do laugh a bit when phishing emails for games show up at our work emails. It just seems strange the spammers try to even send these to domains that obviously for business :p.

    Back on topic - it really doesn't require a whole lot of logic to foil almost any phishing email. Occasionally I will get one that I have to look at closely because it looks like a legitimate order. But those emails are usually given away by bad grammar or some mention of a foreign country.
     


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