Pottermore CyberScam

As you may or may not be aware Pottermore is a new site offering a slightly new experience and expanding the world of JK Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series. What you most likely do not know is that there have been a lot of scams going on through the site. The accounts which were limited while the site is in closed beta are a hot commodity right now and hackers are cashing in. Recently many hackers have turned their attention to hacking the many teens and children with these closed beta accounts. Once they get them they are selling them on the internet for upwards of a hundred dollars.

The other main scam going on is a distribution of these teens and children’s data by offering them a download that is suppose to contain information for an early access account, but in reality is just meant to collect information through key logging and other methods that will expose account information for other sites. Also they seem to be selling this information to marketing companies. The risk here arises from the fact that a lot of the users of this site and those it is targeted towards are most likely still naive about the internet at this point. Children trying to get onto the site have no idea about key logging and the scams that are being offered to them. Personally I think this is why they are so easily targeted and also why this has bloomed into somewhat of a full scale problem.

Resource:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14418007

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One thought on “Pottermore CyberScam

  1. I think the low level of experience for these users coupled with the high demand for these accounts is another reason why these scams have become so popular. I wonder if there has been any response by the people behind the potter more company.

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