Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

If you are interested in using some third-party video game hacks that you happened upon in the darker corners of the Internet, then you might want to think twice before using it. According to a report by AVG Viruslab Research Group, almost 90 percent of all video game hacks contain malware, putting gamers’ systems at risk.

AVG looked at "common hack services" such as FilesTube and FileCrop and discovered that more than 90 percent of the files being offered at these locations contained some form of malware or malicious code that could be used to steal passwords, account information, bank details and even social media account details. The company then did search for Diablo III-related hacks. At random it chose a file called "Diablo 3 Item generator and gold hack.zip." After unpacking the files from the zip, AVG did a scan with its virus protection software and found malicious code in the hack itself.

In a quick test, AVG’s researchers searched FileCrop for a Diablo 3 hack. The FileCrop search result listed more than 40 hacks, all temptingly titled to encourage users looking for the greatest in-game rewards and benefits. After downloading and unpacking the file, the team’s installed AVG Internet Security software immediately detected malicious code in the hack itself. The malware in question is used to decrypt the saved website passwords stored in the user's browser data. Any sensitive information it found would then passed to the malicious code maker to via email. For the biggest titles, such as World of Warcraft or Minecraft, a similar FileCrop search reveals hundreds of hacks.

The antivirus firm went on to say that users should simply stick with the latest patches and updates for the game they are trying to cheat at and avoid software found in the wilds of the Internet.

Source: Aussie Gamer

 

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