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Fake 'Grand Theft Auto V' Torrent Spreads Malware

If you want "Grand Theft Auto V," you're going to have to wait — "leaked" versions of the highly anticipated game on torrent sites are little more than dolled-up malware.

If you purchase all of your video games legitimately, you may not be familiar with the culture of piracy that pervades PC gaming. Games — especially computer games — are often easy to copy and share online. Every now and then, a big game will even leak onto torrent sites prior to its official release.

"Grand Theft Auto V" is (un)fortunately not one of them. If you see any dubious sites broadcasting a free download, steer clear, according to a press release from Romanian security company Bitdefender.

Rather than "Grand Theft Auto V" — which, at the time of writing, does not yet even have a solid date for its PC version release — the setup.exe file installs a modified version of 2013's side-scrolling action/puzzle game "The Cave."

This may not sound so bad, as "The Cave" is a pretty good game, and a decent enough way to pass the time until "Grand Theft Auto V" comes out. However, rather than a simple bait-and-switch, installing the game will prompt users to enter a serial number that they get through a survey.

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Uncalled-for online surveys should be enough to set off warning bells, but should you actually complete it, you'll notice that you'll need to send a text message to a number that will charge your mobile account 1 euro ($1.32) per day unless you tell it otherwise. There are easier and less expensive ways to play "The Cave."

As a final insult, "The Cave" is not a safe file by any stretch of the imagination, and will install a virus called "Trojan.GenericKDV.1134859" to your system. As the name suggests, this malware is a generic Trojan, which can steal user information, tamper with system files or draft a computer into a botnet.

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Any standard virus scanner can get rid of the Trojan, but a little common sense and law-abiding behavior will prevent you from ever downloading it in the first place. "Grand Theft Auto V" will launch for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 17, and you're not likely to get your hands on a copy before then. If you're dying to play "The Cave," you can download it from a reputable vendor like Steam.

"Grand Theft Auto V" tells the story of three up-and-coming criminals who need to plan high-profile heists in order to secure money, fame and personal glory. Real crime is often much less visible, much more mundane and much more insidious — like promising a hot new video game and delivering a generic virus. Avoid it, and save the (simulated) criminal behavior for the game's launch.

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  • Hashwagon
    Seems legit.
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  • de5_Roy
    if you download grand theft auto v from illegal torrents, your own pc will get gta'ed. :D
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  • Bean007
    I bet all the little kiddies that downloaded are crying now cause there computer is all messed up. :)
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  • sanilmahambre
    Rockstars better get scared and slash their price tags
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  • NightLight
    yeah we knew those were coming
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  • JamesBondage
    Anyone stealing a game deserves it.
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  • HEXiT
    lol who are you kidding. if you dont own a pc you may not be familiar with piracy... ROFL...
    microsoft banned over 3million accounts for piracy on more than 1 occasion. that makes piracy more pervasive on the xbox per captia of owners than on pc. by the time you add in trade in which is also piracy (just inhabits a gray area of the law) your looking at 60%+ of console owners being pirates...

    every now and then a big game will leak on to torrents? you mean every game thats released will end up being copied regardless of platform not just pc... so stop with the innocent act... frankly this article is laughable...
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  • HEXiT
    lol who are you kidding. if you dont own a pc you may not be familiar with piracy... ROFL...
    microsoft banned over 3million accounts for piracy on more than 1 occasion. that makes piracy more pervasive on the xbox per captia of owners than on pc. by the time you add in trade in which is also piracy (just inhabits a gray area of the law) your looking at 60%+ of console owners being pirates...

    every now and then a big game will leak on to torrents? you mean every game thats released will end up being copied regardless of platform not just pc... so stop with the innocent act... frankly this article is laughable...
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  • g-unit1111
    *cue J. Walter Weatherman from Arrested Development*

    And that's why you don't pirate software!
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  • Justin Pinotti
    i love how the guy who made the torrent decided to use the cave
    "well it's still got 3 main characters that steal stuff together, who's gonna know the difference?"
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