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GTA 5 PC beta invite branded 'a malware scam'

Email promising exclusive access comes with attached trojan virus

An email in circulation, promising readers that they can be some of the first in the world to play Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC, has been exposed as a scam by an internet security firm.

The message, posted below, promises an exclusive invite to the beta version of Rockstar's long-rumoured PC edition of GTAV.

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Instructions in the email explain that a promo code is supposedly contained within an attached file labelled 'BKDR_ANDROM.ATG' - however the file is malware that turns over control of certain computer systems to malicious users.

Rockstar has not announced GTA5 for PC, though it is widely assumed that a version is in development (all previous games in the series have shipped on PC). Further rumours suggest GTA V will release on PS4 and Xbox One at a later date, though this is less certain.

Publisher Take-Two has yet to announce plans for Grand Theft Auto V DLC.

"Even though the existence of a PC version of GTA V is an unproven rumour, cybercriminals still managed to make convincing bait out of it," said a spokesperson for anti-spyware firm Trend Micro.

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