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2Nov/090

Net connected games becoming hackers new playground

wowWell it looks like the bad guys are turning to another source of mischief. Attacking and stealing user accounts of popular online games such as World of Warcraft, Lineage, and Maple Story.

In the last six months, Microsoft has seen more than 4.9m infections caused by Taterf - a figure up 156% on the total seen in the last six months of 2008.
Mr Evans said the virus used a variety of tricks to steal login names and passwords for the most popular online games.

"It's all about getting login credentials," he said. "The question is what might they do with those credentials."

"They might sell them because they are worth something," he said. "By using them they can obtain certain things within the game or they can buy services through some sort of market place."

"There's clearly a financial angle to it that makes it worthwhile," he said.

[Via BBC.com]

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