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Trojan Snags World Of Warcraft Passwords To Cash Out Accounts

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  1. tripwire45
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    Trojan Snags World Of Warcraft Passwords To Cash Out Accounts



    A new password-stealing Trojan targeting players of the popular online game "World of Warcraft" hopes to make money off secondary sales of gamer goods, a security company warned Tuesday. MicroWorld, an Indian-based anti-virus and security software maker with offices in the U.S., Germany, and Malaysia, said that the PWS.Win32.WOW.x Trojan horse was spreading fast, and attacking World of Warcraft players. If the attacker managed to hijack a password, he could transfer in-game goods -- personal items, including weapons -- that the player had accumulated to his own account, then later sell them for real-world cash on "gray market" Web sites. Unlike some rival multiplayer online games, Warcraft's publisher, Blizzard Entertainment, bans the practice of trading virtual items for real cash.

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    1. moominboy
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      good article trip, reading it reminded me of a newspaper story i read in Canada.

      Apparently there are now numerous MMORPG "sweatshops" being run to capitalise on the new found industry of trading game weapons, land, items, etc, for real-world cash.

      More of the story HERE

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