Thursday, April 2, 2009

Just to Clarify

Yes, I deleted the other post.

Yes, I read the stuff about the phishing stuff yesterday.

Yes, I did something stupid anyway.

Authenticators are sold out, check. My antivirus/spyware subscription expired today with the school's being incompatible to my computer, check. Changed my password, downloading AVG, running scans, beating myself up.

Yes, I am an idiot.

20 comments:

runycat said...
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Ho Ho said...

So you actually entered your account information to some random site? Don't tell me you gave them your password aswell. Blizzard already knows all about your account and they will not have you type it into some web page for confirmation :)

Also, any half-decent mail client can tell you where was that mail really sent. Faking a random address seems easy but it's pretty much impossible to fake the true sent-from address.

Jason said...

You could always get an iPhone or iPod Touch :D

I wish you the best of luck!

Shawndra said...

The people that want our accounts are very crafty, and you should in no way beat yourself up for thinking you got an official e-mail. You're doing all you can to rectify the situation. I think you caught it in time. So long as you are able to catch someone at Blizzard and get your information changed, and hook up an authenticator soon, you should have no problem.

If you still have the e-mail, Blizzard has been asking people to forward them on (sorry I can't remember the address to send it to!) from the welcome message at log in. Good luck!

Felkan said...

Don't beat yourself up too much. I received one of those emails several months ago (June??). It was very, very convincing. Far more than any other phishing email I have ever read. As most look like they were written by a complete idiot. The fake Blizzard email does not.

I even work in the security industry and I half thought about replying. The only thing that stopped me was a my "security angle" sitting on my shoulder telling me to google the message first. Sure enough I found the exact same message posted elsewhere (maybe even in the real wow forum) in which it was denounced as a fraud.

Good luck and let's hope nothing ill comes of this.

And for the rest of you reading, for God's sake, buy a damn authenticator.

Anonymous said...

Avast is currently the best free virus scan program.

If you have an iPhone or iPodTouch the authenticator app work very well.

Good luck fixing this... :(

Ron said...

Don't worry about it too much. I've almost fallen prey to a similar scam ( paypal ). If you're not paying attention or distracted with other things its easy to fall prey.

Also on the authenticator if you have an ipod touch or iphone I'd suggest getting the application. I have it, but I just haven't merged my WoW account with Battle.net yet.

lxsli said...

*pat*

For the lulz... there was a similar scheme on LotRO accounts recently. Only, they forgot to change "Blizzard" to "Turbine".

Duhhrrrrrr...

Naissa said...

Awww :( /hug Bell

Don't beat yourself up, those things really are getting very sneaky now.

Best of luck with your situation! :)

Button said...

I told you I nearly did the same thing, only caught myself because of Deraes situation before, there's no reason to beat yourself up over it.

Kayeri said...

Those scammers are really good, Bell, dont be too hard on yourself... I got one from my bank that was so professional it was scary...

It was nice when they were too stupid to correct their spelling...

Maerdred said...

slash hug Bell!

it could happen to anyone!

Brajana said...

It happens to the best of us!

A note on the Authenitcator:
If you DON'T have an iPod Touch or iPhone, but you know someone who is switching from the key fob authenticator to the iPhone one, the key fobs can be reused once they're removed from an account. So you can try to bug a friend to sell theirs to you :) That's what I'm doing!

PTD said...

I'm going to go ahead and buck the trend here, Bell.

Be hard on yourself. Beat yourself up.

But seriously, you probably realized the problem soon enough to mitigate any serious damage.

Keeva said...

Y'gotta learn to be suspicious of everything - like me!

Lilivati said...

Good luck! Also- hindsight is 20/20. Even if your computer was completely unprotected- which it doesn't sound like was the case- it still doesn't give anyone the right to invade it. (Seriously, what kind of screwed up logic would that be? Person A left computer vulnerable therefore Hacker B has a green light to invade, because Person A deserves it?)

Sometimes in the backwash of guilt and foolish-feeling we forget these activities are ILLEGAL and that leaving your door open does not make it ok for someone to rob you. True fault still lies with the scammers and malicious programmers.

Short version: Don't beat yourself up too hard. :)

Lissanna said...

If anyone ever gets an e-mail they aren't sure about, the best option is to copy/paste the text into a post on the Customer Service Forum (on the official WoW forums) and have one of the GMs or one of the other posters there verify it's authenticity. I know it's too late for you this time, but I thought I'd point that out as an option for people who get e-mails and aren't sure if they should follow the links or not...

Anonymous said...

Me too! I was going to say the same thing. Beat yourself up!!!! You're a fool!!!! How long have you been living the 21st century mate? Oh - about as long as the rest of us, huh? And you're tech savvy enough to play an mmo? GET WITH IT!!!!!

Khiow said...

Yeah, those things are pretty creepy how they look so close =(

I think the address Shawndra was talking about is Hacks@Blizzard.com

You may want to just forward that there and that way Bliz has that on record too =)

Silvermoo said...

Just received mine through my blog, don't feel bad, it definately is a very well done letter. Looks almost like the normal ones I get from tech support. I hope everything is going well for you from here on out.

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