Online criminals take aim at games

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Online criminals take aim at games

Virtual goods prove soft target.

Online criminals are increasingly targeting online games in an effort to rob players from their virtual assets, which are then sold on auction websites.

Security vendor Trend Micro last year reported more than 3,600 spyware attacks that prey on login and password information for online games such as Second Life, Lineage and World of Warcraft.

The password stealers are often spread through spam email messages where they are presented as virtual goods or popular media content such as music or movie files.

The thieves can auction off virtual currencies and accessories such as clothing and weapons. World of Warcraft avatars can fetch several hundred dollars on auction sites. After the auction has ended, the seller and buyers will meet each other inside the game to handle the final transaction.
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