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Stolen Gaming Credentials

The Symantec Connect Blog has details on Symantec's discovery of the credentials of 44 million stolen online gaming accounts, saying that the accounts were being validated by an automated program to determine which of these could be sold. They say: "This particular database server we uncovered seems very much to be the heart of the operation—part of a distributed password checker aimed at Chinese gaming websites." They say there are credentials for at least 18 gaming websites in the database, an inventory including about 210,000 World of Warcraft accounts, 60,000 Aion accounts, 2 million PlayNC accounts, and 16 million Wayi Entertainment accounts. Regardless of whether Chinese sites were the target, they conclude with this advice: "As always, Symantec recommends that you keep your definitions up to date in order to ensure protection against new threats. As an added precaution, if you are in possession of a gaming account from one of the websites listed above, an update of your password would not go amiss." Thanks Network World.

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28. Re: Stolen Gaming Credentials May 27, 2010, 17:48 .Drifter
 
My two cents are that by Symantec posting this information, it can cause people to think "man, they're on top of it since they're the ones who found this out." Throw in the comment about definitions being up to date, you think anti virus and as it is an anti virus company posting this information, if you're in the market for an AV program it might influence you to go with them since the fact that they caught this makes them look good.
So posting this is a good marketing tool, even if it is an indirect one.
The sad thing though, is that if they hadn't put this up and instead two months down the road mentioned in passing that they had found this information out two months earlier . . .
Well, then they would be blasted for not mentioning it as opposed to being blasted for mentioning it in what is seen as an attempt to make them look good.
The fact that they did put it up on a Symantec blog on a Symantec website that would largely only be seen by existing Symantec customers (until someone posts it on another website that is ) does lessen the impression it's an ad for their product just a little.
 
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