Cataclysm Beta Phishing

After months and months of daily phishing attempts involving account security issue ploys, something new dropped into my mailbox this morning.

world of warcraft: Cataclysm Beta Test Invitation!

Get those opt-ins ready for the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm closed beta! The sundering of Azeroth is nigh, and you don’t want to be left out in the cold of Northrend when you could be enjoying the sun-drenched beaches on the goblin isle of Kezan. To ensure you’re opted-in and eligible as a potential candidate, you’ll need a World of Warcraft license attached to your Battle.net account, have your current system specifications uploaded to the Battle.net Beta Profile Settings page, and have expressed interest through the franchise-specific check boxes.

Get the Installer – Log in to your Battle.net account : [bogus URL]

Enjoy the game!

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Yes, the new lure, which I am sure we will see much more of, is an invite to the Cataclysm beta!

Official Logo!

And, as is so often the case, the best lies are the ones that have the most truth in them.

The phishing attempt is correct, the way you get into the beta is to opt-in via your Battle.net preferences.  Then it tries to sucker you with the promise of the download if you’ll just log in… and the URL sends you to a bogus site that will no doubt record your account information and give you a “server busy” message or some such until you go away.

And then you might end up having to file a request for removal of an unauthorized authenticator.

So be wary.  Read the Blizzard account security page and only attempt to log in at the sites they list.  Everything else is likely a scam.

4 thoughts on “Cataclysm Beta Phishing

  1. Kiryn

    I NEVER get phishing emails, but I just got my very first one a half hour ago that said:

    lease use the form below to confirm your account information, including your e-mail address and your and Secret Question Answer. Once the fields have been completed, press the “Update” button below.

    *Note: Please ensure that your e-mail and Server:is currently accessible submit this form, as future regarding this account Trial mounts will be sent to the you account.

    I’m still not entirely sure what they were promising to give me once I followed their badly-worded instructions. The subject line of the email said something about trial mounts. I have no idea what this means or why I would want it, and the email did not elaborate further, simply asking me to go to an INCREDIBLY suspicious-looking address (it spelled “battle” with a 1) and give them my account details.

    I just forwarded it to the proper place at hacks@blizzard.com and ignored it. =P

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  2. rulez

    I forward like a dozen mails per week to hacks@blizzard.com, free of charge and also feed the spam filter with them. Unfortunately that means if Blizzard should ever send me a real email I hope it will not be important as the spam filter will most likely eat it. :(

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  3. Lokhe

    It is quite obvious though, because all these phishing emails end up in my trash bin by default, which authentic blizzard mail never does hehe. It’s fun to read what they’re trying tho ^

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