Cybercriminals use online games like Minecraft, Roblox, and Far Cry to insert powerful malware on gadgets.

Cybercriminals use online games like Minecraft, Roblox, and Far Cry to insert powerful malware on gadgets. Picture Courtesy: HT Tech

Cybercriminals use online games like Minecraft, Roblox, and Far Cry to insert powerful malware on gadgets

Newsroom Sep 8, 2022

Cybercriminals use online games like Minecraft, Roblox, and Far Cry to insert powerful malware on gadgets.

Overview:

  • Cybercriminals seem to find new ways to bypass security barriers to attack more and more users.
  • Security researchers have found that cybercriminals use the popular game Minecraft to trick players into downloading dangerous malware.

According to a team of security experts, about 25% of malicious files are spread through files associated with Minecraft. Additionally exploited by hackers include FIFA (11%), Roblox (9.5%), Far Cry (9.4%), Call of Duty (9%), Need for Speed, and Grand Theft Auto. Cybercriminals seem to develop new ways to get through security measures to target more clients. According to a recent study by security experts, hackers are using the popular video game Minecraft to lure players into installing malicious software.

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Researchers in security have discovered that around 25% of harmful files are disseminated via Minecraft-related files due to misuse of the game concept. Hackers are abusing not just Minecraft but also other video games, including FIFA (11%), Roblox (9.5%), Far Cry (9.4%), Call of Duty (9%), Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto, Valorant, The Sims, and GS: GO. Kaspersky claims that the number of mobile gamers is less than that of PC gamers and that Minecraft has a 40% market share, followed by GTA (15%), PUBG (10%), Roblox (10%), and FIFA (5%).

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Why do hackers use widespread recreation titles to lure customers?

Hacker in games. Picture Courtesy: Techrader

Since these exploited recreation titles have tens of hundreds of thousands of users, hackers heavily utilise them to entice people. These video games also include in-game currency elements by promising "quick advancement" via cheats, expensive items, and other methods to entice players. Even the fake in-game storefronts that seem like the real thing and con players into paying for items they won't get have been highlighted by Kaspersky. Hackers also use this approach to get user passwords for accounts.

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The majority of malicious files targeting gamers, or 88.5% of all identified infection cases, are downloaders, according to Kaspersky statistics. Adware (4.2%) and trojans that steal user data or provide remote access to the victim's machine (3%) are other threat types with significant account numbers. The research firm also disclosed that often, these games dump information thieves, bitcoin miners, or both onto the victim's computer. Therefore, if you like playing video games and keep purchasing in-game items, take care to avoid being a victim of cybercrime.

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