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Hackers Are Using World Cup Fever To Steal Gamers' Personal Information

If you play FIFA 14, don't get fooled by this Instagram hack.

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Soccer fans are some of the most passionate people on the planet, and soccer videogame fans aren't far off. As anyone who has ever bought a special "World Cup" edition of a FIFA game will tell you, having updated rosters, teams, and tournaments is of the utmost importance to fans of the world's most popular game based on the world's most popular game.

Now, phishers are taking advantage of that spirit to gain access to gamers' personal information. Fake EA Sports—the company that makes FIFA—support accounts are popping up on Instagram of all places, promising special editions of the Brazilian superstar Neymar to the first 20 people who log into a linked form.

The prompt reads: ""Neymar #MOTM is here! The 20 first who log in on the link in our bio get him #Neymar #Brazil"".

The form, which you can see above, asks for user information including email and login information for Xbox Live and Origin (Electronic Arts' proprietary download portal). The phishing attempt, discovered by the anti-Malware software maker Malware Bytes, is not the first attempt to leverage the enthusiasm of social-media using soccer-videogame fans to gain personal information. But given the high profile of the sport right now, it may be the most dangerous.

Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.

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