I didn't make it!
We'd like to make the community aware of a recent account-theft scam that is being circulated
through email, game forums, in-game chat, and other mediums. This scam involves fake URLs, or
hyperlinks, that once clicked will install harmful "keylogging" software intended to steal your
World of Warcraft account name and password. After the creators of these keyloggers steal this
information, they log into your account, immediately change your password to lock you out, and
then sell all of your items and transfer all of your gold.
The scam comes in many forms, including URLs advertised as links to class guides, gameplay
videos, and in many cases user-interface (UI) modifications. As a general rule, be extremely wary
of URLs ending in ".jpg.html" and ".scr," as in many cases the harmful software is being hidden
at locations that end with these extensions.
For these reasons, it is very important that players take caution when being directed to outside
websites and update the security on their computers accordingly. To secure your computer, we
suggest adding some Internet security to your system (for example: a firewall and anti-virus
scanner). If you are unsure what security measures to take, discuss the issue of system security
with your ISP or a trained Network Administrator for the solution that is right for you.
We also strongly recommend that all players use the Blizzard Launcher to start World of Warcraft.
In addition to serving as a portal to the game, the Blizzard Launcher provides greater security
for our players against harmful software such as the type discussed here. To learn more about
this utility, please visit the Blizzard Launcher Page and check out the Blizzard Launcher FAQ. If you come across a suspicious link or program, please report it to Blizzard.
For more information on keeping your account secure and what to do if you feel your account has
been compromised, please visit the Account Security page.