The fifth installment of the legendary (and controversial) sandbox shooters Grand Theft Auto is due out later this month, but some players are hoping to get in on the game early by downloading "leaked" copies of the game. Those who partook of the illicit downloads might end up paying a lot more than the price of the game, however.
What's The Scam
According to Bitdefender, what downloaders are actually getting is a nasty malware scam. During installation, you're asked to fill out a survey in order to receive a confirmation code. To finish the survey, you're prompted to send an SMS message to a shortcode.
The GTA V malware shows that what is a good idea on Android can work just as well on a PC. According to Bitdefender, the GTA V malware is particularly insidious since it sets up recurring charges of "€1 per day until the service is stopped." The ammount charged is probably intentionally small, in the hopes that it will go unnoticed for weeks or months.
As nasty as they are, malicious shortcodes are tricky since they're localized by region. A shortcode from a Russian Android malware operation probably won't work on a US phone. That's not the case with this scam, says Bitdefender.
"The survey opens in a web browser and, therefore, is able to perform a geographic redirect to the webpage that corresponds to the area you are located in," said, Bitdefender Senior E-Threat Analyst Bogdan Botezatu. "This way, the scam is localized to the numbers that are available in the users' area."
The criminals behind the malware have also gone to great lengths to make the installer and even the torrents look legit. "Crooks have integrated official wallpapers and artwork into the installation process," says Bitdefender. "These downloads are promoted by cyber-criminals by adding likes and positive comments from fake, duplicate accounts in order to make the download more credible."
Source : pcmag.com
Lets hope people have the patience of waiting for GTA V , unlike Michael Green, crying over WWE, GTA V & The Office Finale....LOL