World of Warcraft players targeted by 'free mounts' phishing scheme

F-Secure says attack exploits the WoW-based in-game chat to lure player to links

The popular online game World of Warcraft (WoW) is being hit with a new phishing scheme that lets attackers steal players' accumulated "gold" and other treasure by luring players with offers of free "mounts" used in the online game, say security researchers at F-Secure.

It's an attack that exploits the WoW-based in-game chat to lure a player into clicking on a link. The link takes the player to a site that looks exactly like World of Warcraft and offers them free “mounts,” the fantasy horses that humans would ride or trusted wolf mounts that the Orcs prefer, which have powers like helping move the player more quickly through the game or defend them against monsters. If the victim falls for the "free mounts” phishing fraud and enters his online credentials, the attacker can take over his account and steal all the “gold” or other treasures the player accumulated in the game’s progress.

“This is like physical property, it can be traded,” said Sean Sullivan, security researcher at F-Secure about the value of the online game’s items like “gold” and “mounts,” which can bring money in auctions in sites in China, for example. The latest phishing scam to hit WoW, which F-Secure describes here, is a new twist on some of the older attacks that made use of malicious banner ads on WoW to try and install trojans on victim’s desktops.

Sullivan added that over two years ago, eBay declared a ban on auctioning WoW items like fantasy “gold,” apparently because of the fraud level. The current “mounts” phishing scam allows the successful attacker to steal whatever treasures the victim has associated with the WoW account, and then to go after other victims. F-Secure’s Internet Security 2010 product recognizes this type of phishing scam and blocks against it, the vendor says.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags phishingworld of warcraftf-secure

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ellen Messmer

Network World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?