Ubisoft confirms Splinter Cell website ‘hack’

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is a phenomenally popular series of video games where players stealthily creep up behind the bad guys and silently ermm.. “despatch them”.

The trick to succeed is stay in the shadows, sneak up on the enemy on tiptoe, causing distractions to waltz past them or quietly “neutralise” them as a threat.

The “stealth” aspect of the game actually makes it quite a diverting change from the often guns-all-blazing approach that many video games rely upon these days.

Funnily enough, it’s a similar approach that cybercriminals often use today. Rather than the attention-seeking viruses of yesteryear which announced their presence by displaying “amusing” messages or playing The Blue Danube through your speakers, most malware today is insidious – infecting your PC without making a big song-and-dance about the fact, and leaving no clue to the naked eye that your computer may have been compromised.

The same is true of infected webpages. Everyday we encounter over 23,000…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.