Sunday, September 4, 2011

Diablo 3 Beta Phishing Season Begins

The scammers are out in force with the recent Diablo 3 beta opt-in announcement.  

Phishing scams are very common around any Blizzard beta release announcement so it is time to be especially on your guard.

I received the following in my in-box today:

Greetings from Blizzard Entertainment!
We’re gearing up for the forthcoming launch of Diablo III and would like to extend you an invitation toparticipate in the beta test. If you are interested in participating, you need to have a account, which you can create on our website.
We will flag you for access to the Diablo III beta test when we begin admitting press. You do not need to go through the opt-in process.
To secure your place among the first of Sanctuary’s heroes,Please use the following template below to verify your account and information via email.
* Name:
* Battle.account name:
* Password:
* Country:
* E-mail Address:
Thanks and see you all in the Burning Hells!

The email claims to give you an express beta invite without having to go through the formal opt-in process. Naturally, this is a phishing attempt aimed at getting hold your valuable account details. The reply email address resolves into a domain which, not-so-surprisingly, is registered in China:

Domain Name: D3-BLIZZARD.COM
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: DNS27.HICHINA.COM
   Name Server: DNS28.HICHINA.COM
   Status: ok
   Updated Date: 29-aug-2011
   Creation Date: 29-aug-2011
   Expiration Date: 29-aug-2012

Remember, Blizzard will never ask your for your password - be wary of any communications that requests this.

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