Videogames: March 2009 Archives

If you have a Wii console, you're probably aware that you can purchase games online. What you might not be aware of is the growing popularity of entirely fake "points generators", all of which do little more than dump lots of horrible files onto your PC. Keylogging and Trojans are the order of the day.

XBox points generators
have been around for a while, but Wii generators seem to be a little newer. They're certainly nice to look at:

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Well, most of them are. This one sort of ruins it:

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...oh dear.

You might have noticed all of the screenshots are a little blurry - that's because the only place you'll ever see programs such as the above are on Youtube videos promoting said applications - the pretty bells and whistles only exist on the desktop of the person who created the fake front end.

Downloading the file will only ever give you faked error messages on the desktop - something many Youtube videos will promote as a "feature", claiming the points take up to 48 hours to come through.

Yeah, right. It's all an elaborate con trick, designed to make you run the EXE then go about your daily business. Meanwhile, the files deposited on your PC are logging everything then sending it back to base.

Did I mention they look nice, though?

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Eye candy. It's surprisingly effective...

Today we came across a collection of approximately 270 sets of login details that have apparently been Phished via a fake XBox Live login page. The list, some 27 pages long in Word format, would allow people to access stolen XBox Live accounts, some of which may have credit card details stored against them (along with other forms of personal information, of course).

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The list itself is actually around 300 or so entries, but it seems some of it is duplicate and / or obviously fake data, entered by people annoyed at the Phishers the list has come from (as a side note, I should add it's never a good idea to enter fake info on Phishing pages - it not only makes it harder for people who wade through this info looking for victims to contact, it also opens you up to potential retaliation attacks from the Phishers).

An additional "bonus" of grabbing Live ID data is that you can use it to check out EMail accounts associated with it - not a great situation, and one of the reasons I've never been too keen on "one login to rule them all" situations. We've already seen some people boasting on forums about the info they've pulled from various EMail accounts associated with the list - how quickly "stolen XBox account" becomes "stolen everything else".

This list seems to be in circulation on a number of hacking forums; the majority of the accounts were phished between November and December of last year. Despite the relatively long time that's elapsed since the data was first collected, a lot of the accounts still seem to be accessible based on comments we're seeing on those underground sites. It seems someone might have put their personal stash on "general release" to gain some kudos with others.

We've passed the stolen data onto Microsoft, and we're sure they'll move swiftly to lock down the accounts involved.
Not so long ago, I wrote about

a site that promised "games", but insisted you download and install Zango before being taken to a series of extremely failure-filled demo versions. Well, I've been back to the site lately and things seem to have changed a little bit.

If you hit the "Download" button now:


 ...pretty, isn't it?'ll see this appear in the bottom left hand corner of your browser:


However, instead of being taken to the Zango gateway like you were previously, the screen flashes briefly and you're taken directly to the demo download.

In other words, no more Zango.

If I had to guess, I'd say Zango have either cancelled the site owners account, or it's still live but they're blocking him. Either way, the site is no longer making people install something before presenting them with a major letdown in the form of lame demo versions. So hey, if someone from Zango is reading this and you did indeed whack the account - thanks.
Here's a bunch of people complaining about stuff on the Internet.

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What are they complaining about? The "art" of lag switching, which is where someone playing a game online uses a special "switch" to make the game....surprise....lag. Doing this can kick other people out of the game, make their connection drop, give you an edge as you "magically" appear behind their characters and shooting them into oblivion.

All in all, it's pretty cheap.

However, some people seem to be doing quite well out of it all. I was somewhat surprised to see this:

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That's right, for $15 (plus $7 shipping) you too can cheat your way out of the trickiest situations with a custom built lag switcher, lovingly delivered to your doorstep via the USPS. I love the quotes on the site:

"This is one of the easiest switches on the market.
Set unit on the floor, tap button with foot to create lag.
Quickly tap (only once) to create 5 seconds of lag,
wait 5 seconds, tap again to lag 5 more seconds.

Our favorite: Wait until you see your opponent,
tap the button, run next to that same opponent
& start shooting, tap again at the next opponent"

.....yes, wonderful.

In addition to the nifty diagrams of how their lag switches work, they also have a pile of photographs of their switches connected to various controllers:

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They even have an EBay store.

However, what I find particularly disturbing (aside from the fact they claim to have sold nearly 5,000 of these things) is the following quote taken from their FAQ page:


Wait - videogame stores are going to be selling game-breaking devices that aren't actually allowed on gaming networks such as XBox Live?

I see angry legal people on the horizon, all of them excited by the smell of their next meal...


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