Malware infecting PCs by posing as pirated Windows version of 'Grand Theft Auto V'

OK, we get it: Everyone with a Windows PC wants to get "Grand Theft Auto V." Rockstar Games has yet to announce such a port of their best-selling open-world action game, but there is certainly a lot of interest in a PC version. Now it appears that a clever delivery system is using that pent up anticipation for a GTA V PC port to get people to download malware instead.

The file download started appearing on torrent sites earlier this week, and according to WCCFTech, the 18GB file has already been downloaded thousands of times. Basically, as the screenshot shows above, the file makes people think they are downloading a setup.exe file for GTA V but in fact it tries to trick people to surf to a website to "register" their personal information. This is obviously a phishing scheme.

The truth is that Rockstar Games will almost certainly release a Windows port of GTA V sometime in the next several months or so, as they have done for all of the previous games in the GTA series. In fact, recent rumors claim that the game will be out by the first quarter of 2014. So it stands to reason that any file that claims to be a GTA V build before then is almost certainly faked, and designed to either mess up your computer or steal personal information.

Source: WCCFTech | Image via WCCFTech

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So what's the malicious action this thing takes against your PC once you run it? From the article and the source I can only see it redirecting you to a phishing site and that's it. This is not malware, it's a straight phishing scam, dressed up nicely to both look authentic and trick fools into consuming massive amounts of quota.

Yeah he says infection all the time, but never actually mentions what it is. Smacks of hyperbole to me.

Ideas Man said,
So what's the malicious action this thing takes against your PC once you run it? From the article and the source I can only see it redirecting you to a phishing site and that's it. This is not malware, it's a straight phishing scam, dressed up nicely to both look authentic and trick fools into consuming massive amounts of quota.

Yeah he says infection all the time, but never actually mentions what it is. Smacks of hyperbole to me.

It's clearly a piece of software with malicious intent. Hence malware.


No one "deserves" to be infected. Maybe the next time someone screws you over, I'll come over and laugh in your face and tell you how much you deserve it because you're ignorant.

Hahaiah said,
No one "deserves" to be infected. Maybe the next time someone screws you over, I'll come over and laugh in your face and tell you how much you deserve it because you're ignorant.

If you intentionally try to steal a product and bad things happen, it's your own fault. It's not like these guys went to a store and paid for the product they want, the very reason they got infected was because they were attempting to steal.

eddman said,
Anyone who gets infected with this virus, deserves to be.

Yea, well. Some people are not very smart. Like my sister using LimeWire. Kept getting infected and I told her next time you install it, you will not get my help. She never installed it again.

Hahaiah said,
No one "deserves" to be infected. Maybe the next time someone screws you over, I'll come over and laugh in your face and tell you how much you deserve it because you're ignorant.

If one gets infected because of his/her own direct action, then they'd deserve the consequences.

Gerowen said,

If you intentionally try to steal a product and bad things happen, it's your own fault. It's not like these guys went to a store and paid for the product they want, the very reason they got infected was because they were attempting to steal.

Honestly, my point wasn't about stealing, but the fact that GTA V isn't even available for PCs yet and won't be for a few more months.

Edited by eddman, Oct 23 2013, 8:01pm :

recursive said,
piracy != stealing. Stop propogating the MAFIAA propaganda.

More proof that the open source movement is, in fact, all about "free as in beer" afterall.

techbeck said,

Yea, well. Some people are not very smart. Like my sister using LimeWire. Kept getting infected and I told her next time you install it, you will not get my help. She never installed it again.

Reminds me of this guy at work complaining about his computer getting infected with stuff and blames Windows.... *later that day* "Hey dude, you check out that one free TV video side MoviePopCorn.com", "uh, yeah, thats probably where all your viruses are coming from, dude."

eddman said,
Anyone who gets infected with this virus, deserves to be.

I agree 1000%

Hope they keep doing it also. More work for me and I can always use the money.

Spicoli said,

I see someone is trying to rationalize stealing by playing semantics.

So if you call a cow a dog and someone tells you it's a cow he is "playing" sementics?

cork1958 said,


Hope they keep doing it also. More work for me and I can always use the money.

You hope people keep doing illegal activities to counter other illegal activities ??? I fail to understand your logic sorry.

Let's not forget phishing scams are illegal and you can end up in jail for doing it.

I am really amazed at the number of people who would fall for something like this. First of all, anyone torrenting usually has some intermediate knowledge of computers. Still we have some who are fooled by a fake file? The internet is really an amazing place.......

JHBrown said,
I am really amazed at the number of people who would fall for something like this. First of all, anyone torrenting usually has some intermediate knowledge of computers. Still we have some who are fooled by a fake file? The internet is really an amazing place.......

there are a lot of people out there that will install utorrent and download anything from piratebay

timster said,

there are a lot of people out there that will install a utorrent and download anything from piratebay
I guess your right. I mean common sense should tell you to check reliable sources first. Maybe check the file size and name. ECT.