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Fake Diablo III Cracks Emerge

The long-awaited Diablo III was launched May 15th 2012 and with it came an avalanche of phishing scams and email spams designed to prey on gamer’s weakness for Blizzard’s title.

While the open beta is long gone and phishing for login credentials is now meaningless, we have yet to see the full fallout of this event. For instance, some dubious websites lure fans with Diablo III game cracks that are either in the works or available for download immediately.

Before you can actually start downloading the Diablo III crack you’ll first have to do a little survey “which will take you 1-2 Minutes MAX.” Of course, the localized questionnaire has nothing to do with the game nor will it help you download the crack.

The “Diablo III Crack” website is a simple example of how scammers take advantage of your curiosity and reluctance in buying the game to spread malware and gather all sorts of data from you. It stands to reason that tons of websites containing “Diablo III” and “crack” have been registered so they can serve as malware-spreading platforms, which is why you need to be careful with your browsing.

It’s unlikely that a game crack for Diablo III will surface very soon, as Blizzard has gone to great lengths to enforce security measures that prevent it. For one, in-game character creation is done by actively syncing up with Blizzard’s servers thus the need for an active internet connection is mandatory if you don’t want to get the infamous “Error 300008 when creating character”.

The previously mentioned website also features a traffic counter which seems to indicate that quite a few have been visiting and that the a lot of you have been searching for a valid game crack. Whether those numbers are real or fake, it bears little significance – the purpose of this is to inform you of the potential dangers you’re exposing yourself too by visiting such websites.

Milking this Diablo III frenzy, malware coders could take advantage of the opportunity and start spreading fake game cracks infected with malware, just for a few laughs at your expense. Although most of you use antivirus protection software that warns of potential malware threats, you might disable the notification and wave your security goodbye in exchange for a couple of hours of Diablo III.

The sad part is that you’ll be setting yourself up for infestation, exposing your personal data – and possibly bank accounts – to ill intended individuals. Past events show that high profile games are used to spread malware through cracks and key generators that may or may not work.

Torrent trackers are usually the preferred means to spread this type of crack, but you should also be watchful of websites (like the one mentioned above) that claim to have a fully working crack available for download. There’s always a catch.

We’re also expecting spams involving Blizzard account authentications or licensing issues with Diablo III that need to be confirmed by using your credentials on a fake Blizzard website. As convincing as the email might sound, avoid clicking any inserted links and always check the official website for details.

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About the author

Liviu ARSENE

Liviu Arsene is the proud owner of the secret to the fountain of never-ending energy. That's what's been helping him work his everything off as a passionate tech news editor for the past couple of years. He is the youngest and most restless member of the Bitdefender writer team and he covers mobile malware and security topics with fervor and a twist. His passions revolve around gadgets and technology, and he's always ready to write about what's hot and trendy out there in geek universe.

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