Friday, October 13, 2006

Websense: Malicious Activity Inside World of Warcraft

Via The Websense Security Labs Threat Blog.

Malicious code these days is often written with financial gain in mind, and for this reason a large number of the targets for Trojans are ones where the potential for monetary gain is quite obvious, such as financial institutions. There are some targets, however, where the potential for profit isn't quite so clear. One example of such a target is the video game industry, and in particular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, or MMORPGs.

Video games are certainly not a "traditional" target for those who write malicious code for their own profit, and perhaps not one with the same potential return on investment as targeting bank accounts or credit cards, but such targeting does occur. There are a number of games that Websense Security Labs has seen being targeted by these attacks, but one of the most popular--due in large part to the market share that it holds--is the game World of Warcraft.

More here.


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