Free WoW Cheats: Free Gifts, Free Pets, and Free Mounts for WoW Cataclysm


Blizzard’s World of Warcraft (WoW) is the most popular MMORPG in the world when it comes to number of subscribers. Their press release boast of 12 million paid subscribers (Source: Blizzard.com October 2010). Given the upcoming launch of World of Warcraft Cataclysm this December 7, 2010 I am expecting that Activision-Blizzard will shatter PC Games sales record again (as they had done so during the The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansion releases).

I am always excited when Gaming and Tech and Security topics collide. So as promised in my earlier WoW post, I will be posting my personal thoughts to my malware blog article. So let’s get started!

First, I will introduce to you the most common World of Warcraft cheats: free wow mount and free wow gifts via in-game chat/whisper scam.

Quoting my malware blog article:

An unsuspecting player will receive an in-game chat/whisper from an unknown player offering free gifts (usually in-game pets, riding mounts, and vehicles) that they can avail of by registering at the website that is included in the chat message.

We will not run out of example of this free wow pet, free wow mount, and free wow gift scam.

For the basic free rare mount from Blizzard like this:

To a more detailed and tempting offer: Free Celestial Steed! Any takers here?

Or just some plain: You just got too lucky and claim your free gift

These chat whispers (and their accompanying phishing websites) are sprouting much faster than how infused mushroom respawn in Dalaran Sewers 🙂

But what is much interesting is the use of WoW postal system (more commonly known as the in-game mail system.) In this new trickery the phishing websites are sent via WoW in-game mail and is received by players in their in-game mailbox:

The scammy mail message is really full of surprises 🙂

subject:

Blizzard

Message:

Surprise!
You get a system test pet of Wings of Liberty of Deathy!
Please Visit:
hxxp://www.<blocked>-ctmtest.com

The message content is very enticing as it combines several elements from other Blizzard games:

  • Wings of Liberty refers the Starcraft 2 game that Blizzard launched last July 2010.
  • Deathy may refer to 2 things: the Black Dragon Aspect Deathwing, the major antagonist in the upcoming WoW Cataclysm expansion. Or maybe to Deathy, the murloc pet companion connected with Blizzcon 2010 event

The phishing website URL contains the strings worldofwarcraft and an abbreviated Cataclysm to add to its supposed credibility. This is a common technique in malicious websites that may be related to website typo-squatting.
The common strings that I have observed in this and other malicious WoW websites are Warcraft, WoW, World of Warcraft, Cataclysm, gift, free, mount and battle.net. Just do some misspelling and mixing and matching them together and Voila! A New _WoW_ scam website domain is born!

I will be discussing the “Posing as figures of authority” angle in the next wow post, as this will be a free wow cheats series just like my (free cafe world cheats series, my free social city cheats series and my free petville cheats series)

Some Free WoW advice though:

  1. Beware of this free wow cheats and free wow gifts offers as it may lead to online game account theft. This is a security risk for you and your precious WoW and Battle.net account.
  2. For any Free Wow Stuff offer with that you may encounter just: Think about this: TINSTAAFL: There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. In my opinion this is applicable even in the World of Warcraft.
  3. WoW Cataclysm launch is getting near. The excitement level of WoW gamers are so high… and so are the risks. I am predicting that more WoW scams and more WoW phishing websites will surface as the final Cataclysm launch day draws near! So be extra careful!
  4. And last but not the least: Always stay on the safe side and do safe computing, safe web surfing and safe online gaming! Better safe than sorry OK?

That’s all for now!!!

Hope you like my World of Warcraft WoW blog post 🙂

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I work at Trend Micro. The post I have here in menardconnect.com are my own personal views (and does not reflect the views/stand of my employer). To know more about me, kindly visit my about page. To know about this blog’s disclosure policy kindly visit my disclosure page.

Image credits:
Figures 1 and 2 -Trend Micro Malware Blog

WoW Cataclysm Box Image – Blizzard.com

My WordCamp 2010 Experience


WordCamp is a blogging conference organized by the local WordPress community. It is done in major cities around the globe and I’ve attended last year’s WordCamp Philippines 2009 at AIM in Makati. This year’s WordCamp Philippines (WordCampPH) 2010 was held last October 2, 2010 at the College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

This is a long overdue post as I usually write about blog events experience a day or two after attending it. But as usual I’m occupied with a lot of other stuff (hehe excuses!) so the long wait over and I’m sharing my WordCamp 2010 experience here 🙂

In the tradition of my six free cafe world cheats, my free six video, my six Starcraft 2 Crack, my six foursquare badge posts here are my six highlights for WordCamp Philippines 2010:

1. The Matt Factor
Finally met Mr. WordPress himself: Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the founder/developer of WordPress and he hosted a Town Hall-style Question and Answer session for the WordCampPH. Questions about WordPress, Hello Dolly plugin and even the possibility of a movie about his life (ala-Mark Zuckerberg) was gamely responded by Matt.
He is really a very simple guy who gives candid replies to the queries posted on him. I liked Matt’s honest and witty response to the campers. Im following Matt on twitter now 🙂

2. The Sessions
I arrived in the afternoon as I was not feeling well that day 🙁 . But I tried my best and I got in the conference room just in time to attend Danny Arao‘s session on blogging ethics. Again Sir Danny wowed the campers with his views on blogging, journalism and one of his favorite topics (politics 🙂 ). Aside from Matt’s Q & A session I also enjoyed Ms. Aileen Apolo-De Jesus presentation about Google. It’s also great to know about Piclyf (presented by Eric), a homegrown photo-sharing site.

3. WordCamp Innovation
I missed the morning sessions where they had several discussion tracks. But I strongly believe this is a good innovation for WordCampPH as campers can attend several sessions depending on their area of interest and WordPress experience.

Will share related links soon…

The Camper’s website is really cool and have good useful tools for pre-conference announcements/reminders.

4. Funny and Wacky Moments
Campers will surely remember Third’s Bading.me and another blogger’s duduruginkita.com as the funniest and wackiest domain names for WordCampPH (which won them some good wordcamp giveaways). The blogger behind duduruginkita.com (will link to you as soon as I find your main site) even explained he got the domain so that he can have the email address babangonako<at>duduruginkita.com! Nice!

5. Wordcamp Freebies
Cool WordcampPH Shirt (pic coming soon) + of course the WordPress schwags (pics to follow soon) +  WordCamp ID and..

6. Prizes Galore!!!
I am really impressed how the organizers gave away so many giveaways (gift checks, free hosting account and other freebies). Maybe there’s are a lot of generous sponsors 🙂

The free WiFi is also a winner and its courtesy of Smart 🙂 so I have twitted some here and here.

Congratulations to the WordPress Philippines 2010 organizers (Andrew, Chattee, Migs, Brendel, Dulce, Lyle, Jim, Ria and Winston)!

Thanks also to the WordCamp sponsors and to CSB student volunteers who helped in the making the event a successful one!

See you in Wordcamp Philippines 2011!

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