The new gaming season is on! Multiplayer shooter ‘PUBG Mobile’ has begun its new season with new items, monsters, and mechanics from another popular game, ‘Metro: Exodus.’ Thus, cyber-fraudsters are again working double-time to seize the opportunity and capitalize on new gaming activities worldwide.
So far, Kaspersky has identified about 260 phishing pages that offer users the chance to win new items. However, to claim the prizes, users are required to submit their gaming accounts through their Twitter or Facebook profiles. When an entry fails, the user is then requested to provide additional information—like gaming handle, phone number, and other personal details. Thus, scammers collect not just social media accounts but also additional personal details—to sell gaming accounts for a profit.
“The attackers got themselves really well prepared for the start of the new gaming season,” said Kaspersky security expert Tatyana Shcherbakova. “The pages we found were designed in a very convincing way, both in design and interface that is normally very familiar to gamers.”
The global cybersecurity firm shares the following tips for gamers who aim to effectively avoid becoming victims of cyber fraud in the gaming landscape.
• Do not participate in online lotteries unless those are facilitated by the games’ official websites. For example, PUBG Mobile lotteries should be trusted only it is facilitated through the official site: http://www.pubgmobile.com/event/pubgmcmetro.
• Check information only via official resources. No game developer will keep any important activity, campaign, or promo a secret.
• Look more closely at invitations. You can recognize the deception. You may also use a reliable security solution like one offered by Kaspersky that will not allow you to visit phishing websites.