Square Enix is the latest company to warn gamers regarding the threats posed by individuals using in-game chat systems to send people to malware-infested websites, among other techniques. And while this is usually found in emails and social media, it can also be found in video games.
It’s unclear how widespread an issue this currently is in FFXIV but it’s important to note that the game has been growing in popularity over the past 12 months. “As we have mentioned in the past, we have confirmed that certain individuals are attempting to direct players to fake login websites which imitate the Square Enix Account Management System in an effort to steal (also known as “phishing”) information such as their Square Enix ID and password, as well as date of birth.
A message from Square Enix provides more information on the problems, telling gamers this week: “If you believe you have visited or entered your account information on a fake website, we recommend scanning your system with anti-malware or anti-virus software and changing your password immediately. For increased account security, we strongly recommend adding a one-time password to your account.”
And even with consoles, PS4 and PS5 gamers could still be pointed to harmful websites to access later on, making it a possible threat. This makes it a bigger target for groups who are interested in stealing account information or installing harmful viruses onto computers.
In-game phishing: And here are the two examples provided by Square Enix as the most common threats to gamers right now:
The Square Enix Account Management System complies with EV SSL certification. Should a website ask for your Square Enix Account information, please make sure that the website is legitimate before entering any information. On certain web browsers, the address bar will display an icon indicating the website’s security certificate. On a legitimate Square Enix Account Management System login page, clicking this security icon will display references to “SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.” How to detect fake Square Enix websites: We have also confirmed similar attempts in-game which direct players to fake pages imitating Square Enix websites, including the Support Center, the Lodestone, and the official FINAL FANTASY XIV forums. Before opening any URLs you may see in-game (via tells, say, etc.), we urge you to confirm that they are legitimate and not a fraudulent imitation.
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