Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

April 27, 2011 -

An Xbox Live status update found here warns Modern Warfare 2 users to be on the lookout for scammers who have a brand new scheme ready to trick you into revealing your personal information. The "scheme" will occur while users are playing the game online, according to Microsoft. While hacking and phishing schemes related to Modern Warfare 2 are nothing new to players on every platform the game is on, users who love the game must be ever vigilant in avoiding getting caught in some sort of trap.

"Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2," Microsoft warns via the status message.

Microsoft adds that it is "working to resolve the issue."

We hope they figure it out sooner rather than later. However, if you are an MW2 player, be vigilant.

Source: Xbox Support via Joystiq


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Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

Yes, a Steam guard equivalent would probably be very possible since each console has their own unique identifier. Just require a user to enter a code (that gets e-mailed to them) whenever they connect to their account on a different console unit. If their information is leaked, then when that person signs in, they will be stuck on this layer of authentication (unless of course the phishers happen to know the e-mail tied to the account as as well as its password too which seems very unlikely).

Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

Unfortunately, that's why Phishing scams work so well. Most people use one password for everything, instead of changing their password or using a different password for email, online banking/shopping, or signing into online games. So 9 times out of 10, if someone learns one password, they've learned them all.

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Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

There is no really good way for a company to prevent phishing scams except to educate their users.   They can mitigate the danger by adding 2-factor authentication (like Blizzard has done), or features like "Steam Guard".

Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

Indeed. About the only way for phishing to go away is for it to become unprofitable.

Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

Or if people stop becoming complete and total douchebags, but that's about just as likely, isn't it?

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Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

Hmm, and peopel were claiming that Xbox live is safer because you pay for it.

Re: Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

There's a world of difference between having your information stolen from a third party who stored them and giving them to the thief because you didn't knew he was a thief. Some people handle their data in a way that the later would simply be impossible.

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