The latest trend among virus creators is to develop viruses that take advantage of the latest pop culture fads. After Call of Duty: Ghosts was making headlines around the world this past week, hackers jumped on the opportunity by creating fake CoD: Ghosts beta invite viruses.
Specifically, these Trojans mask themselves as pages like this:
You simply choose your console and the kind creators of that site will give you exclusive access to the beta. How nice is that? Of course, instead of getting beta access, your email address gets sent to half the marketing forms in the world and malicious software may be installed on your system.
Other sites are less malicious and more clever about tricking users with beta access to Call of Duty: Ghosts. Instead of tricking gamers into downloading a virus, they simply direct the ‘beta access’ button to an Amazon affiliate ID, which means that the marketer then makes money from any Amazon purchases made by that user – say, if they preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts from the page on which they land.
Sites are labeled with suspiciously-official sounding names like BlackOps2Beta.com, CallOfDutyGhostsBeta.org, and similar permutations. Don’t fall for it: Activision hasn’t given out any beta access codes yet, and if they do, they’ll be sure to make them available through the official Activision website and not some crappy third-party source.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the latest in one of the world’s most popular gaming franchises and will be released on November 5 on all major systems, including the PlayStation 4 and next-generation Xbox.