Cybercriminals are targeting gamers and gamers with mining malware as they look to get rich with cryptocurrencies, according to to search Published by the security company Avast.
The so-called Crackonosh malware is hidden in free versions of games such as NBA 2K19, Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 5, The Sims 4 and Jurassic World Evolution, which can be downloaded via torrent sites.
Once installed, Crackonosh uses computer processing power to mine cryptocurrency for hackers.
The malware has been used to generate $2 million worth of cryptocurrency known as Monero since at least June 2018, according to Avast.
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Infected users may not notice that their computers are slowing down due to overuse. While your electric bill may be higher than usual.
It takes all the resources that a computer has for the computer to become unresponsive to commands.
About 220,000 users are infected worldwide and 800 devices are infected every day.
Hackers use games
Avast only detects malware found across devices with its antivirus installed, so the actual number may be much higher.
Brazil, India and the Philippines are among the worst affected countries, while the United States has also seen many cases.
Researchers said Crackonosh takes several steps to try to protect itself once it’s installed, including disabling Windows updates and uninstalling security software.
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As for the source of the malware, Avast believes the author may be Czech.
Avast detected the malware after customers reported that antivirus software was missing from their systems. The company said it investigated this report and other similar matters.
Crackonosh explains the risks in downloading hijacked software and shows that it is very profitable for attackers. As long as people continue to download stolen software, such attacks remain profitable for the attackers.
It is reported that this is not the first time that malware has affected games. Researchers at Cisco discovered malware inside a cheat program for multiple games in March.
Meanwhile, a new hacking campaign targeted Steam games and gamers earlier this month.
The number of cyberattacks on players has increased by 340 percent during the coronavirus pandemic.