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3-05-2008 @ 12:30PM
What must be frustrating is that people are using anti-virus and auto-updates and taking reasonable percautions. Unfortunately WoW accounts are prime real-estate for cyber criminals today.People should be aware that when you log in to the WoW forums and you choose to save your password (the same password you log on to WoW with)....that that saved password is in clear text and easy for a a cyber criminal to harvest. Blizzard can and should do something about that...Never choose to save passwords in your browser...ever. They are stored as clear text an can be harvested by spyware. There is a process to delete these saved passwords but it escapes me now.When I changed my WoW acct password Blizzard also recently sent me a clear text e-mail that ties my e-mail address, my WoW user account and my home phone number together. Again Blizzard could change this to be more secure since WoW accounts have become primary targets by cyber criminals. That easily exposes my WoW account to a dictionary crackRecently there have been a lot of Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media and cross-site scripting exploits which can victimize users who have anti-virus and updated windows OS. Flash is vunerable too and if you spend time watching movies on You tube and the like make sure your Flash viewer plugins, Acrobat pdf reader, quicktime and Windows media players are patched.There is a disturbing trend for cyber-criminals to use "zero-day" exploits exploits that defeat most Anti-virus programs because they are slightly different than the anti-virus pattern file. This is because cyber criminals are reverse-engineering common AV software like McAffee, Norton, Trend etc. Grisoft's AVG, Esmisofts A-Squared and F-Secures internet security are worth a poke if you are interested in running an alternative AV product.Finally "rootkits" are the new rage and they are designed to avoid detection by the operating system entirely, and can even be stored in system CMOS. Rootkits are very hard to detect and capable of making very profound changes on your system. There aren't many Rootkit scanners available yet. Available rootkit scanners include: Blacklight by F-Secure and Rootkit Revealer by Sysinternals and maybe Blink by eEye. Rootkit.com is ground zero for rootkit research. Not all RootKits are bad (so you may detect good ones in your scan) Blizzard uses a rootkit called the "Warden" to make sure we aren't cheating or exploiting ther server when we play WoW. People that get hacked repeatedly probably have rootkits installed.
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