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Websense - Game Phishing Revisited

by Marianna Schmudlach / March 14, 2008 6:00 AM PDT

Mar 14 2008

In October of 2006 we blogged (Stealing Fun for Profit) about the trend we were seeing with malicious code writers targeting users of online games, and the ways that they could make profits from attacking these customers. During the course of 2007 we tracked this trend in an ongoing fashion and saw it becoming more and more common. We aren't the only ones who have noticed this, so it's time to revisit the topic.

As it turns out, these sorts of attacks have become so prolific that it's often easy to find phishing pages attempting to steal usernames and passwords simply by going to the site for one of these games, going to its login screen to see what the real page's text is, then using a search engine to search for a sentence or so from the page.

For example, the official page for World of Warcraft -- the game mentioned in our previous blog on this subject, and one of the most popular online games out there -- has text such as the following:

"Secure World of Warcraft web pages that ask you for your account name and password will generally have URLs that begin with "https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/".

More: http://www.websense.com/securitylabs/blog/blog.php?BlogID=180

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