New virus empties WoW players' coffers

How can you tell when your multiplayer online game has achieved critical success? When it's popular enough for a virus author to target its players with a complicated trojan that not only steals a player's account password, but also gains control of his lovingly and painstakingly created online avatar, and auctions off its virtual possessions for real-world profit.

According to IT Observer, Trojan-PSW.Win32.WOW.x (or just Win32.WOW) targets the players of the extremely popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) called World of Warcraft (WoW) and tries to steal their WoW password. The WoW trojan has quickly spread via email, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, and from popup windows served up by shady computer gaming sites. WatchGuard Wire

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 3rd May 2006 1:32AM