Steam gamers targeted with ‘free screensaver’ phishing scam

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by SweX, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/11/18/steam/
     
  2. Masterblaster

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    Yep,
    I had this text sent to me by two friends (I don't trade, it was unsolicited). Since the link included a "SCR" file, I was smart enough not to open it.
    The next day I was sent a text form one of the same friends with a "PDF" link. So they are changing the scam.
     
  3. Peter2150

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    Phew, I am glad I don't have these kinds of friends. I only use one steam game and I run that thru Sandboxie
     
  4. SweX

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    Haha, but even if you did, I don't think you would take the bate anyway, you know better than to fall for stuff like this :)
     
  5. Peter2150

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    Thanks. I only hope you are right. We all get tired and occasionally do less then smart things. That's what backup images are for.
     
  6. Wroll

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    All this $$$$ started since Valve introduced community market. Maybe I shouldn't complain because I'm one who got a few games using money earned from the Steam market, but when you see that every idiot out there is a Warren Buffett wannabe. It's sad.
     
  7. funkydude

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    Why would you run a game in Sandboxie? You'll have degraded performance and could potentially open up compatibility issues. I'd also be very cautious if this is an online game with anti-cheat in it.

    Not to mention that sandboxing a game wouldn't even save you from this "threat" you face. (Really, a screensaver? That's so 90's)
     
  8. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I run train simulator and it runs fine. But you might be correct about the value of it
     
  9. SweX

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    http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/11/28/gamer-pcs/
     
  10. Mrkvonic

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    Zero steam friends = zero worries!
    Mrk
     
  11. Coresix

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    As with any platform, it pays to know when to spot something that is fishy. I, personally, have been getting an influx of friend requests from accounts that are questionable. Also, if anyone initiates a chat and they aren't in my friends list, I ignore them. If any of my friends do something that seem suspicious I close the chat and block that user. It's just a matter of not being smart but being savvy to anything that appears to be a form of social engineering.

    My 2 cents.

    Sincerely,

    Coresix
     
  12. TairikuOkami

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    I accept friend requests from anyone and I click on any link, just to see, where it leads, never happened anything. :cool:
     
  13. chrisretusn

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    I have a Steam account, just don't do screen savers. :)
     
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