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Pottermore hit by cybercriminals

8th August 2011

Pottermore was only unveiled six weeks ago, yet J. K. Rowling's latest venture has already come under attack from cybercriminals attempting to scam prospective users out of money and direct them to malicious websites.

Security researcher Chris Boyd has discovered several attempts to fool Harry Potter fans into thinking they have received free online passes for Pottermore, which will provide users with extra content to accompany the books, as well as other online resources expanding the Harry Potter universe.

However, fans who sign up to some of these passes are instead swindled out of their money, with others directed to websites which steal their personal information.

Mr Boyd said it is being made more confusing due to the fact that many passes offering early access to Pottermore, which is not launched until October, are being given to people who complete a magical online quill challenge.

In a blog posting, the Pottermore administrators reminded people that access to the site will be free so they should avoid any so-called special offers asking for payment.

'Please do not buy, sell, or transfer Pottermore early access accounts. Obtaining Beta registration for Pottermore with the intention of selling on those registration details for monetary gain not only deprives genuine fans [of] the chance to gain early access, it is also expressly prohibited,' the post stated.

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