By user12607856 on Feb 07, 2008
Duncan and I have a ritual nowadays. While I'm in my (home) office first thing in the morning, catching up on my email, he's logged in on one of the other computers playing games or reading before he has to go off to school.
This morning he was really frustrated and said "the guy on YouTube is right. Runescape 3 is a fake!"
Apparently I'd stepped away from the Internet for just a moment, because I didn't even know there was a Runescape 3. I asked him to show me the video. There are several similar videos on YouTube. What they seem to have in common is that they direct you to their own web sites where there are probably key loggers in place to grab the names and passwords of unsuspecting users (like Duncan).
From what I can tell, there is a real Runescape 3 in beta, and that one looks valid. If it's not, it's a helluva good spoof.
Update: It's a fake too. I should have looked closer. Thanks Sebastian.
I think that was the one that Duncan had been trying to log into, but was getting nowhere. To be safe, I got him to immediately change his Runescape 2 password. If that site was bogus too, or he's tried to log into one of the other ones, then hopefully we're in time and they won't be able to abuse his real Runescape account.
I hope I've interpreted all this correctly. This afternoon, when he comes home from school, I'll give him a little talk on what happened and see if there are ways to prevent it happening again. I really don't want to put some kind of NetNanny in place, because that'll probably just make him more determined to try to circumvent it. Better to take each incident one at a time. Unless it starts to gets out of control.