New Delhi, September 15 (SocialNews.XYZ) Popular games like Roblox, FIFA, PUBG and Minecraft are among the 28 games that were exploited by malware between July 2021 and June this year, affecting over 384,000 users via nearly 92,000 malicious files.
Other major game series released in the last year – Elden Ring, Halo, and Resident Evil – have also been actively abused by attackers who spread “RedLine” malware under their guise, Kaspersky researchers say. .
RedLine is password stealing software, which extracts sensitive data from victim’s device such as passwords, saved bank card details, cryptocurrency wallets and credentials for VPN services.
“Cybercriminals are increasingly creating new schemes and tools to attack gamers and steal their credit card data and even game accounts, which may contain expensive skins that can then be sold. For example, strikes on esports, which are now gaining huge popularity around the world,” said Anton V. Ivanov, senior security researcher at Kaspersky.
In addition to the large number of downloaders capable of installing other unwanted programs and adware, researchers have also detected Trojans – a category of spyware capable of tracking all data entered on the keyboard and taking screenshots screen.
Mimicking the entire interface of in-game stores for “CS:GO, PUBG and Warface”, scammers create fraudulent pages, offering potential victims a decent arsenal of various weapons and artifacts for free.
To receive the gift, players must enter the login details of their social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter.
After taking control of accounts, attackers are likely to search personal messages for card details or demand money from various friends of the victim, abusing their trust and carelessness, researchers said. .
The number of users attacked by malware, which collects sensitive data and spreads under the guise of some of the most popular gaming titles, has increased by 13% compared to the first half of 2021.
By attempting to download new games for free from untrustworthy resources, gamers actually received malware, losing their game accounts and even money.