Hands down the most anticipated title of the Fall, most gamers would give their right arm for a shot to play "Grand Theft Auto V" before it's September 17th release date. A new report suggests, however, that you're probably best holding off until you can obtain a copy legally.
In fact, PC gamers got burned for their "GTA" excitement in the last few days when a supposed advanced PC copy of Rockstar's crime epic was reportedly "leaked" in advance of the game's announced release date. Those consumers who tried to pirate the game actually found themselves with a Trojan running rampant on their machines. According to Tom's Guide, who originally broke the story, "this malware is a generic Trojan, which can steal user information, tamper with system files or draft a computer into a botnet."
Users pirating PC games is not in any way new. Piracy has been a thorn in the side of game developers large and small since like four seconds after the Internet became a thing. Despite efforts to make games harder to pirate with Digital Rights Management (a thorn in the side of gamers large and small), piracy has only increased in previous years.
Hopefully, though, most gamers will recognize this virus as bunk from the get-go. First, PC Gamers are the last people to get games that are directed at consoles. Heck, "Grand Theft Auto V" doesn't even have a PC release date yet, let alone a hard copy that could have potentially been leaked to the public. Second, the download prompts you to fill out a survey, send a text to a random phone number and generally undertake in a whole lot of shifty activities that should never accompany a torrent download (typically, you should just have to click download and you're done).
Not that I'm speaking from experience …
At any rate, for all you people who absolutely need to get your "GTA" fix between here and September 17th, I'd suggest playing through the back catalogue, because an illegal download will get you nowhere.