Gamers are being tricked into helping hackers get rich, after downloading games with hidden malware. The versions of Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K19 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 are given away for free on forums.
But hidden within the code of these games is a piece of crypto mining malware called Crackonosh, which secretly generates digital money once the game has been downloaded. Criminals have made more than $ 2 million (£ 1.4 million) from the scam, researchers say. Avast researchers say “cracked” games are spreading rapidly with Crackonosh and that the cybersecurity software company is now detecting about 800 cases on computers every day.
And Avast detects malicious software on devices only where your antivirus is installed, so the true impact of Crackonosh is likely to be much greater. So far, the malware has been found in more than a dozen countries, including: When Crackonosh is installed, you take steps to protect yourself, including disable windows updates
uninstall all security software And the cryptocurrency mining program that then runs in the background.
slow down your computer wear out components from excessive use increase the victim’s electricity bill Crackonosh shows that trying to get free games can get you something you didn’t expect: malware,” said Christopher Budd of Avast. And we can see that this is very profitable for malware authors. Rockstar Games targets GTA 5 cheats
Police arrest £ 55m video game cheating ring Tracking hackers’ digital wallets has revealed that the scam has generated.
And the company believes that the creator of the malware may be Czech, hence the name, Crackonosh, which means mountain spirit” in Czech folklore. more than $ 2 million in cryptocurrency Monero, Avast says. In March, Cisco-Talos researchers found malware within multi-game cheat software. And earlier this month, a team at G Data Software discovered another incipient hacking campaign targeting gamers using the Steam platform.
In its latest cyber threat report, cyber security company Akamai says it has detected a 340% increase in attacks on both gaming brands and gamers since 2019. Many of the cyberattacks involved the theft of gaming accounts for their high-value in-game items, which are then sold on hacking forums. Criminals are targeting gamers at an ever-increasing rate,” said Akamai security researcher Steve Ragan.