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Topic # 108534 31-Aug-2012 13:40 Send private message

Just received this from the BitDefender folks:


I wanted to let you know that Valve Corporation, developer of the world’s # 1 online action game, launched their latest version of Counter Strike last week – Global Offensive. With no crack or patch available to circumvent the serial number validation mechanism, cyber-“terrorists” teamed up in a 1v1 game against early adopters by promising 500 free serial numbers on a spoofed Gamekeyz website.

To receive a CS:GO registration key, gamers are asked to hit a button that will take them to a designated survey webpage, or access a commercial site where they end up releasing private information. Crooks understand that in this phase of the release they can easily get gamers to give up sensitive data in return for empty promises of a game license. The old school trick gets the job done.

Crooks spoofed Gamekeyz, a trusted website used by a lot of gamers and advertised about 500 game keys for which the users only needed to answer questions in a survey or to simply access a commercial webpage. On carrying out the action, gamers are asked for personal data such as name, address, telephone number, and e-mail and phone provider - sensitive information that will most likely be used to sign-up users for a service they never requested.

The personal data might also land into a profile database to be used in other scams or in phishing attacks when another longed-for game, movie, product or service is on the verge of being launched in some regions but not yet in others. Ip-to-location is customary used in this type of scam to personalise the greeting message, make it more credible as it reaches people in their own language. If, for instance, you’re in Germany, you will have the message displayed in German.

To be clear, the gamer will NOT receive a free CS key. Spoofing official webpages and coming up with a tempting offer for the fans is an old technique and apparently it pays off, since Bitdefender sees a lot of reinventions of these schemes around the launch date of a long awaited game, movie, product or service. 

Around the time of the launch fans are too excited to give a second thought to the unusual demands of ill-intended people. In the heat of the moment, they tend to be less attentive and give up information that in any other circumstance they would be reluctant to share.




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  Reply # 679734 31-Aug-2012 13:53 Send private message

Ah think I know someone who did this!





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  Reply # 679756 31-Aug-2012 15:08 Send private message

If you fall for something like this than you get what you deserve to be frank

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  Reply # 679966 1-Sep-2012 00:37 Send private message

CS:GO is extremely cheap. Easy purchase, don't know why you wouldn't just buy it if you wanted it.



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  Reply # 679988 1-Sep-2012 08:15 Send private message

eXDee: CS:GO is extremely cheap. Easy purchase, don't know why you wouldn't just buy it if you wanted it.


Some really good mobile apps are extremely cheap ($0.99) with easy purchase (directly on the phone, tap BUY and be done) and yet people won't buy them rather trying to find cracked copies. 

This is people for you.





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  Reply # 682264 6-Sep-2012 12:42 Send private message

Some of these sites are geniue though i believe the one OP put up probably is cracked. But when i bought my key for Starwars mmo the key worked and still does today, if it was a cracked key i wouldn't of even gotten past the activation.

GoG.com old games on that site are cheap like 2.99 - 5.99. Ive bought a few old games of them but there are still those who go and illegally download old games then have the hassle of adding the crack where they could of just bought the game off GoG for a measly $5 buck & the DRM / Starforce protection is taken out of GoG games as well. GoG site helps stop game piracy apart from those downloaders who are to tight to pay $5




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