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PSA: someone set up a fake Proton-GE website

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It seems nothing is safe from bogus websites and scams, with someone setting up a fake website for Proton-GE / GE-Proton. A warning note about it was added to the GE GitHub page readme last month, which I've only just been made aware of.

The website in question protonge.com, which I am intentionally not making a clickable link, makes it seem like it's all official but the only official place is the GitHub. Cheekily, it even uses a screenshot of mine taken from an older article about ProtonUp-Qt which is a completely different (but related) project.

According to the website, Proton-GE has builds "tailored for various game genres", well that's a new one. Claiming they have "a customized Proton build to enhance your experience in each specific gaming category". That's just not how it works.

No matter what industry you're in, or what tools you're making, even open source projects — there's always someone who will want to ride on its popularity to do something nefarious.

This reminds me of a recent spate of emails going around claiming to be from the Kdenlive video editor team, where the official developers had to post up warnings across social media. These emails tried to get people to download things for partnerships, which of course is usually some form of malware.

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9 comments

beko Apr 22
VLC suffers from the same all the time 😩
GIMP iirc too 😩

And educating people on researching and understanding primary sources in the age of TikTok feels like roleplaying as Don Quijote 😩😩
robvv Apr 22
I wonder if the website owner is related to the former xz contributor?
Unbelievably believable 🙄
grace_art Apr 22
Between things like this and the high percentage of search results being AI-generated word-soup scam websites, I don't trust most websites' validity anymore. =/
Ponda Apr 22
I investigated the website a little. It has ToS and privacy policy (notably omitting who is data administrator). Moreover, there's even physical mailing address, albeit it seems to do not exist according to OSM. And download links point to original GitHub repo. They bought the domain in February from some global registrar. The domain has clientRenewProhibited status, which suggests some investigation is ongoing.
emphy Apr 22
QuoteThe website in question protonge.com, which I am intentionally not making a clickable link, makes it seem like it's all official but the only official place is the GitHub.

Nowadays one should even be wary of github pages; there's been a recent spate of malicious forks of open source projects on github pretending to be the original. I.e.: verify whether one is visiting the genuine github page.


Last edited by emphy on 23 April 2024 at 12:54 am UTC
Pengling Apr 22
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Well, uh, the increase in attacks means we're getting bigger, right?

Seriously, though, thanks for posting up the warning!


Last edited by Pengling on 22 April 2024 at 2:42 pm UTC
Pyretic Apr 22
Out of curiosity, Liam, why are you still using the old Proton logo that you made instead of the official one?
Phlebiac Apr 23
Quoting: PyreticOut of curiosity, Liam, why are you still using the old Proton logo that you made instead of the official one?

Because his is nicer? ;-)
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