A malicious spam campaign that attempts to harvest online game passwords under the guise of messages containing smutty photos is doing the rounds. The tainted emails have subject line such as "Do you like to find a girlfriend like me?", and an attached archive file called "my photos.rar". The archive contains photos of young …
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"A surprising amount of malware is designed to steal registration keys, passwords and data from players of computer games," said a consultant at Sophos.
The only real surprising part of this article to me is that there are still people with access to the internet that actually open and read emails with subjects like "Do you like to find a girlfriend like me?" instead of doing the logical thing of deleting them outright.
Bearing in mind that only a confirmed cretin would do anything with such unsolicited mail but delete it, and that such an attack vector is now as old as the hills, the epiphany is this - there's no way to protect folk from themselves, and in order to ensure that evolution takes its course, there should be no attempt to protect such loons.
Newsflash for the hard of thinking - there's no free porn/trunkbox full of dollars/girlfriend/boyfriend/delete as applicable. Switch off your computer and step away, you are officially too dense to be on the interwebz....
Still waiting on my free email full of lovely asian girls pre-packaged in a handy little rar.
Inbox (0) / Spam (0)..... sigh.
I'll have to sue over how such exploits scar me emotionally and leave me unable to function in the WoW-world environment...
... oh wait...
I'll get me coat.
First rule of marketing ...
know your target market, and these guys obviously do.
If they made the acquisition of these in game items fun people wouldn't pay real money for them.
This article is useless without pictures
So that I can recognize the threat the next time I see it of course. Nothing to do with the hot asian chicks featured in said smut mail.
...if you're targetting Windows to use a compression format that's not natively supported.
No surprise here
Why should it be surprising? The average WoW player is I'm sure, a knuckle dragger with no girlfriend and just enough brain cells to realise that he has no chance of getting one in the real world so even the remotest chance has to be grabbed at with both hairy palmed hands :)
You might think so... but.
You would be wrong. A few friends of mine were/are heavily into the game and, while they are uber-geeks (meaning they are incredibly smart folks) they are definetly not womanless (and in one case manless) knuckle-draggers (although I'm sure that kind exists).
I never did find
The hot sexleg teacher...
These fail on focus=self because I have zero interest in having a girlfriend.
Ok a fair percentage of the MMORPG target audience is hetero male, but the pron hackers could try a few variations to get the other target groups.
Could be damaging.
I wonder how damaging it is for those folks who lose certain items that take such a long time to earn. It's a real shame and I'd like to see the designers find a way around the problem but then it's a competitive desire that motivates those games and that has made them such an effective package. The model that has made their success might be built around factors that are so emotive that the games could become un-sustainable and entirely harmful.
We all think these scams are obvious
because we've seen them before. But there are new users starting on the internet every day, so there's always a fresh, naive target audience .
Get a bloody life!
If these muppets had a life.....
Har har har!
If any of you asian girls are reading this please contact me so we can play WOW together.