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Monday, November 18, 2013

Curbing Your Console Enthusiasm

PlayStation 4
A word of caution from the folks over at TrendMicro. Don't just enter giveaways blindly. Be smart out there. Most bloggers try to promote only legitimate giveaways.

Cyber criminals take advantage of gamer demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Trend Micro, a leading developer of online security software, has found that cyber criminals are using a variety of techniques to take advantage of the excitement that the release of PlayStation 4 and the upcoming launch of Xbox One have generated.

In a blog released today, Trend Micro’s Threat lab has analyzed the marketplace for online scams specific to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles and found:

  • Fake “giveaway pages” on Facebook
  • Websites that ask for “likes”
  • Raffles and other fake contests
  • Scams that use Xbox One as bait
These scams seek to phish for information from their victims in hopes of recovering credit card information, account passwords and other data that help identity thieves thrive.

Launches make for fat targets

Analysis from the blog: “Product launches have become a tried-and-tested social engineering bait. Users should always be cautious when it comes to online raffles and giveaways, especially from unknown or unfamiliar websites. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Gaming consoles are just some of the most popular items bought online that can lead to security risks.”