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Cyber-criminals Targeting Online Gaming Websites 62

adeelarshad82 writes "According to a June 2010 Nielsen NetView survey on Internet usage, online gaming has overtaken e-mail in terms of the total percentage of time Americans spend online. Only social networking scores higher. On average, online gaming now consumes a staggering 407 million hours of U.S. citizens' time per year. Unfortunately, Nielsen's not the only one that noticed this trend; cybercriminals have taken note as well and are taking advantage of this by infecting games sites—from legitimate forums and tutorial sites to shadier download sites—to attack the unwary. Fortunately though, Avast has published a list of worst gaming sites."
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Cyber-criminals Targeting Online Gaming Websites

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  • Re:The list (Score:5, Informative)

    by Stavr0 ( 35032 ) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @04:21PM (#33875624) Homepage Journal

    C:\WINDOWS\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS Gamesfactoryinteractive.com Games-digest.com Mariogamesplay.com Anywhere-games.com Galacticflashgames.com Towerofdefense.com

  • Re:The list (Score:3, Informative)

    by killmenow ( 184444 ) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @04:22PM (#33875638)
    Start->Run->"notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts"

    Go to new blank line and copy/paste: gamesfactoryinteractive.com games-digest.com mariogamesplay.com anywhere-games.com galacticflashgames.com towerofdefence.com

    (Save the file)

  • Re:The list (Score:4, Informative)

    by Abstrackt ( 609015 ) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @04:33PM (#33875768)

    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS Gamesfactoryinteractive.com Games-digest.com Mariogamesplay.com Anywhere-games.com Galacticflashgames.com Towerofdefense.com


  • Re:The list (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @04:42PM (#33875862)

    You don't have to reboot windows for host file changes to take affect, at least I have never needed to on Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7....

    You might have to close your web browser, in rare cases an ipconfig /flushdns but reboot isn't needed.

  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @04:47PM (#33875912) Homepage

    Looking at the list of "evil sites":

    • Gamesfactoryinteractive.com - not in DNS, not in Whois. The article probably has the domain wrong.
    • Games-digest.com - domain registered in Korea.
    • Mariogamesplay.com - has Google ads
    • Anywhere-games.com - has Google ads
    • Galacticflashgames.com - On Google's "This site may harm your computer" list, yet it contains Google ads.
    • Towerofdefense.com - hosted by HostGator

    I ran them all through SiteTruth [sitetruth.com], which, unsurprisingly, can't find a legit business behind any of them and thus down-rates them as junk sites.

  • My solution (Score:4, Informative)

    by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @05:33PM (#33876494)

    If you need some decently secure web browsing, boot a Knoppix CD. By default it doesn't even mount your hard drives. And all changes to the ram side of the unionfs filesystem expire with a reboot.

  • Re:The list (Score:3, Informative)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @06:13PM (#33876880) Journal

    If you have kids with PCs I would suggest Comodo Time Machine [comodo.com]. Sure you can do as another poster suggest and use the HOSTS file to block just these sites, but then you are in an arms race with the malware guys you are bound to lose. With time Machine you can send the OS "back in time" to before they did something stupid, and in my experience it only uses around 20Mb of RAM, trivial with today's machines.

    As for the other posters complaining about high AV CPU usage? I've found Comodo Internet Security [comodo.com] uses on average less than 45Mb of RAM and less than 1% CPU when running real time monitoring, and around 8% when it updates itself. It also has built in sandboxing on ALL executables by default, and you can set any executable to only run in or out of the sandbox if you'd like. The AV, Time Machine, and Internet Security (which combines their excellent firewall with Comodo AV) is 100% free, no nagware, no email required. You can even choose to use their secure DNS if you'd like which black holes known infected sites until they clean up their act.

    I don't work for the company or have any affiliation, just a humble PC repair guy that got tired of seeing his customers get burnt by bugs or bad AV. with Comodo I haven't seen a single bug on installed machines, and this is with customers that can pick up more bugs than a Bangkok Whore, so you KNOW it has got to be good! But with kids besides making them low rights users by default a combo of Comodo AV and Time Machine will not only keep the bugs out, but if they manage to bork something beyond booting you can just hit F11 and restore it from the preboot environment. My GF lives nearly 2 hours away and having Time Machine was a life saver when she forgot to log off and her niece completely borked XP! try them, I bet you'll like them, and for free, what's to lose? One warning though: DO NOT use Time Machine in a dual boot with windows 7! It won't harm anything, it just won't run because the latest windows changes drive letters so wherever you install it becomes the C: drive when it is running, which Time Machine couldn't track. But I'm not only running all of the above on multiple machines, I have customers, friends, and family all on it and they work like a charm.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.