Excitement continues .. Rockstar Games schedule the release of latest The Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 5 on September 17, but Cyber Criminals has already released a fake version of GTA 5 contains malware on torrent networks.
Romanian security firm BitDefender issued warning that GTA V hasn’t been leaked, and during installation you will be asked to complete a survey and send off a text message to gain the serial number. You will then be charged €1 per day on your phone bill and will be infected by a virus.
The PC version has yet to be announced, so trying to install it on your PC is a ridiculous idea; but that seems to be what a lot of people are doing.
"The survey opens in a web browser and, therefore, is able to perform a geographic redirect to the web page that corresponds to the area you are located in," said, Bitdefender Senior E-Threat Analyst Bogdan Botezatu.
This malware is a generic Trojan Trojan.GenericKDV.1134859, which can steal user information, tamper with system files or draft a computer into a botnet. This will result in you being charged for premium rate text messages sent by bogus firms.
The easiest way to avoid this malicious software is to not illegally download copies of GTA V, especially when the game isn't yet launched.
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.