Cataclysm Beta is Upon us…and boy are the Phishers active.

Jul 23 2010 Published by jayras under Posts

Miss my update last week?  Ya, well…so did I.  No excuse other than I was distracted.

But this week…we’ve got a new phish!!!

YAY!!! Lets tear it apart, it’s a fun one!

Here’s the e-mail:

Return-Path: a_erika_a@hotmail.com
Received: from gfci ([116.217.116.2]) by BLU0-SMTP99.blu0.hotmail.com over TLS secured channel with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4675);
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:42:15 -0700
From: “wowaccountadmin@blizzard.com” <donotrelpy@blizzard.com>
To: <jayras@gmail.com>
Subject: Account disable Notification

Dear players, As World of Warcraft’s development and operations service providers – Blizzard, we have been hard work for efforts to provide better and more just for the players of the game more balanced environment.
Just recently we found that some players to utilize a bug in World of Warcraft make improper business.
This is our fault, we are already investigating the matter.
And will ASAP to all players a satisfactory answer.
In this process, we need your cooperation. You need to log www.worldofwarcarft.com And verify your account login, account information has been to ensure authenticity.
Sincerely, Blizzard Customer Service

Let’s see here:

  • Header is from Hotmail, not Blizzard.
  • Link goes to: www.wow-bm.com  — Interesting domain, but not Blizzard
  • Spelling and English are HORRIBLE.
  • As an extra bonus, the Link text (With the “valid” domain name) is misspelled!

This email is an interesting topic.

Basically they are stating that there is a bug in World of Warcraft that apparently allows players to exploit to their advantage, whatever that is…but they implied they disabled your account accordingly.

Unfortunately for the Phisher (fortunately for us…) the e-mail is BAD, format bad, english bad, spelling bad…just bad BAD:

Dear players, As World of Warcraft’s development and operations service providers – Blizzard

Missing a return key there…so, there’s the first flag that something ain’t right.

And I love this line….

So, they’re Blizzard, World of Warcraft’s development and operations service providers….ya…umm..

WTF?  No, they are Blizzard Entertainment, a Game Software development company that also runs World of Warcraft…

“Operations service providers” they are not…they have an Operations Team/Department that runs World of Warcraft…a service provider they are not.

we have been hard work

forgot an “at” there?

for efforts

ummm…that doesn’t work….”hard at work” and “efforts” are pretty much the same thing…but them both together like that and your English teachers you had in high school will collectively scream and beat you with a ruler…it just don’t make no sense no how (Yes, that was on purpose!)

to provide better and more just

We all need more and better just.  You just can’t have enough just.  And the better the just is the justier it is…or…ya..WHAT?

for the players of the game more balanced environment.

But no Just for the player of the game in less balanced environment.

Just recently we found that some players

Starts off so well…

to utilize a bug in World of Warcraft

…and goes right to shit…

make improper business.

…and then hits bottom.

OMG teh players are make improper business!

I’ve seen that phrase in 3 separate phishes now.  This has to be a bable fish thing trying to translate some Chinese phrase into “Fraud” or “Illegal transaction” and missing the boat entirely.

This is our fault, we are already investigating the matter.

Not bad…not professional, a company would more likely put this like:  “We realize the exploit is due to a fault in the application and we are investigating the matter.”  Or something a little more professionally worded…but not that.

And will ASAP to all players a satisfactory answer.

And again they screw up and make one sentence 2 and make no sense.

In this process, we need your cooperation.

Here comes the hook…

You need to log www.worldofwarcarft.com And verify your account login, account information has been to ensure authenticity.

OMG, the hook has been bent in 18 different directions and looks more like a bird feeder.

WTF is that saying?

account information has been to ensure authenticity.

Wow…just….wow.

NOTE: Look at the domain…World Of Warcarft

That would be a brilliant domain if that is actually where it linked too, but it doesn’t link to it.

So, not only are they hiding their link behind another domain, they can’t even get that spelling right.

Comedy Gold.

But I digress…

So apparently there is a bug in the system that allows the players to gain something without the required effort.  We’ve seen this in the past with WOW and other games.  Some wierd bug which allows you to do some simple action (like kill a beetle) and then get an enormous, unbalincing reward from it.  We’ve seen thinks like killing a level 8 beetle somewhere in one location that spit out 1,000 gold each kill or 1,000,000 experience points (or both?)

These are typically found, FAST and if anyone in between the introduction of the bug and the removal of the bug was exploiting said bug (beyond the “Hey, I tried it once and OMG”) would be, at least, temporarily banned for punishment.  In addition to removing the gains from the account.

I can’t think of one possible bug that could be exploited in any fashion that would put the account in any kind of state where the company running the account couldn’t figure out if the account was valid based on your e-mail.

So, again…asking for “Validating your account” has proven that only phishers need it.

Sincerely, Blizzard Customer Service

So, ya…Not Blizzard.

Here’s the roundup of the last 2 weeks of activity I’ve seen:

IP Range – 1

Selling account – 3

Account Change Confusion – 1

Occurred in the number of illegal transactions – 1

Aion Phish (Haven’t seen this one in a month) – 1

And in the past two weeks…whoa….a TON of Beta Phishes….10 of them.

So like my last update, I would like to take this moment and say:  Just don’t click the links.

None of them.  Just be safe and don’t click anything.  Even if it IS a legitimate e-mail, just don’t click the links.

Better to be safe than sorry, and some of the phishing e-mails are nothing more than a copy of the “official” email and they just changed the link.

For the Beta, there is no reason to click the links.  If you have been selected for the beta, just login to your account on battle.net and it will be Obvious you have access to Cataclysm.

If you aren’t selected for the Beta it will be obvious you aren’t.  There no slim chance you are missing something by not clicking the link.  It’s a box, with the cataclysm artwork, its about 3″ -5″ (Depending on your resolution) high, and its sitting next to your Lich King Box.

If you don’t see a box with Cataclysm on it next to your Lich King box, then you haven’t been selected for the Beta…and the link in the e-mail will not help you.  It will only hurt, cause my friend, you are getting fished.

Sorry folks, I just logged into my account and I see they did a little facelift.

It now looks like this:

Still its really stinking obvious whether or not you are in the beta…if you see that box you are in, if you don’t see the box you are not in.  And if the box isn’t there then no link ever provided to you will ever change that.

Period.

The Phishers are getting REALLY Sneaky with these emails.

The domains they are going to are getting REALLY Close to the real thing.  And in at least 2 attempts I’ve seen them use open SMTP Servers to change the SEND address to a blizzard Address.

These combined into one means these e-mails are REALLY dangerous.

Just

Don’t

Click.

Period.

I’ve engaged Google and asked them why an e-mail from an un-authorized SMTP server is allowed to get to my account with no flags:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=59c97b9827a11b41&hl=en

So far they haven’t replied…but I hope I can persuade them.

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