Oct 2, 2010

WoW Phishing Tactics, How to Avoid

Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card information. Phishing is usually done by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter information on a bogus website that looks and is almost identical to the legitimate.

Blizzard MMORPG World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games and why it is most affected by phishing. It is well known that the login information for WoW accounts are highly sought by phishers. Their goal is to get your gold and and transfer all passable equips or items that have value.

The in-game chat / whisper system is often used to attract players to phishing sites. Phishers often pose as employees of Blizzard or unknown players and whisper the victim that he/she have been selected to receive a gift or your account has been flagged as hazardous

In both cases, victims are invited to follow the link that takes them to a phishing site where they are supposed to register with your account ID to receive the gift / avoid suspension of your account.

Recently, WoW mail system in the game was also used to convey similar messages for malicious players:

You can increase the credibility of the message and offered to do a number of phishing URL references to WoW and other Blizzard games. The site itself is similar in closely related to the official Battle.net, so it's easy to fall for some scam.

Blizzard is aware of these phishing attempts and has made its business to increase their efforts when it comes to Battle.net players have announced the Security page. They have also allowed us to report cheaters in the game (see, for example, The “Report Spam” button in the game system mail).

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