It's a trap! Malware disguises itself as Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC gamers

After hitting more than $1 billion in sales in a scant seven days, Grand Theft Auto 5 is officially a cultural phenomenon—at least if you’re a console gamer.

While PlayStation and Xbox buffs have been busy wreaking havoc as Trevor, Michael, and Franklin, snubbed PC gamers have been left filing out signature-packed Change.org petitions in an attempt to convince Rockstar Games to bring its blockbuster to the PC.

Enter the scammers. How can they resist, with that much pent-up demand?

While Rockstar has yet to announce any formal PC plans, a torrent dubbed “GTA V Full PC Game + Crack” has popped up on illegal download sites, sporting a hefty 18GB file size. Could this be it?

Nope.

The malicious torrent is VERY large, and still available on torrent sites. (Click to enlarge.)

WCCFTech, the first site to report on the torrent, reports that attempting to install the “game” takes you to a phishing site that attempts to coax you into handing over your personal information to “register” the title. And what about the 18GB worth of files itself? That’s less clear. In a best-case scenario, it’s just junk data that clogged your pipes and chewed up your bandwidth cap. In a worst-case scenario—and a more likely one—it’s probably infested with malware and other nasty stuff.

Several less-than-scrupulous PC gamers appear to have taken in by the scam. WCCFTech claims the torrent has been downloaded “thousands” of times; while I’m not able to verify that, a quick check at torrent sites shows that “GTA V Full PC Game + Crack” still has several hundred seeders and leechers.

Be patient, fellow PC gamers. GTA IV landed on PCs a few months after appearing on consoles, as have most of Rockstar’s other games. (Quiet, you disappointed Red Dead Redemption fans.) In the meantime, you might want to stop hanging around shady download sites and start reading up on how to protect your PC against devious traps.

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