Thousands Infected by GTA V Scam

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 1 month ago)

Grand Theft Auto V has been a huge hit for Rockstar Games since its much-anticipated release in September of this year. Whilst the game is available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, thousands of disappointed PC gamers were easy prey for scammers on torrenting sites.

Since the release of GTA V, over 600,000 people have signed a petition begging for the game to be released for PC, which is hinted to be in the pipeline for some time in 2014. Whilst this may have been enough for some, thousands of hopeful and impatient gamers took to the internet to seek alternative ways of getting their Grand Theft Auto fix. The demand for the game made the perfect window for cybercriminals and scammers, who leapt upon the opportunity.

Thousands of gamers downloaded what seemed to be PC copies of the game from torrent sites, only to find afterwards that the fake files only released malware onto their computers. The scam affected thousands of gamers, in part because of how highly it ranked in search engines and seemed to be verified by other users.

Currently, gamers are urged to be patient, use their common sense, and keep in mind that there is no release (legitimate or illegal) of the game on PC. The scam file, which is labeled “GTA V PC Torrent” should be avoided at all costs.

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