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News video games 23 April 2024, 05:50

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Phishing in PoE Led Players Astray. Devs Respond and Warn Against Suspicious Links

The developers of Path of Exile are warning players about a fake ad (and its ilk) that briefly appeared on the game's Steam tab.

Source: Grinding Gear Games.

The developers of the Path of Exile series aren't only focused on the second installment of the series. Grinding Gear Games Studio warns against scammers who have temporarily taken over the developer's official Steam account.

No details were provided, but a post published on Steam and on X stated that the false announcement was quickly removed. However, it contained a link to a fake website allowing users to sign up for the PoE 2 beta, which could have been used to extort data (the tests are scheduled to start at the end of this year). The dev advised all deceived users to ensure the security of their accounts.

Phishing, the act of sending fake websites to acquire sensitive information, isn't a new phenomenon but even experienced internet users still occasionally fall into the trap. Especially when, as in this instance, the deceitful link is present in an "official" announcement from a renowned studio and isn't easily detectable as an "ambush," such as through a suspiciously sloppy writing style or a website address that isn't entirely in line with the authentic one.

In other news: the Grinding Gear Games team has shared concept art from the latest expansion. The pictures concentrate on showing the content that buyers of the so-called Supporter Pack expansion for Necropolis (via Steam) receive. All the undying content went to Path of Exile at the end of March.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).