Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

April 15, 2013 -

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

 


Comments

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

Not sure on this.. while good, AVG is well known for false positives when using basic cracks and mods of the legal sort... sooooo....  really not sure what to say other than its why i don't use them anyways.

I mean hell, i've gotten false positives from them on legitimate game files fresh from the install....

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

Tons of useful programs - many other antivirus programs will get false positives, password or key recovery programs, wifi scanners, security tools.

It's not entirely unjustified - a lot of cracks and cheats use the same sort of tricks that malicious programs do, and a lot of both use publicly available code to do them. They share both code and behavior with true malware, but that doesn't mean they actually contain malware.

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

Hevach speaks the truth.

AVG makes sales based on consumer fear. This is just advertising.

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

Given that being malware is how most game cracks work, this seems like a rather "well duh" thing to say.

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

I'm shocked to hell they didn't mention anything about DRM cracks. I would think they'd leverage the opportunity to spread FUD against anything that let's you get around malicious DRM.

-Greevar

"Paste superficially profound, but utterly meaningless quotation here."

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

This is one of the good things about sites like the Pirate Bay. Users there have a great community system going and will quickly point out torrents that have spyware or viruses embedded in them. 

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

I'm sorry, GP and fellow community members. When I read this article's title, my first thought was, "...and in other news, ice is cold, water is wet, the sky is blue..." (you all know the usual spiel).

That said, it is true what you say. Communities such as this can identify such content quickly and notify other users of such.

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Papa Midnight

Re: Report: Most Game Hacks Contain Malware

Absolutely the truth there. Maybe these files are a risk to people downloading any random file off a google search (just asking for trouble there) but anyone who has any idea where to find files is pretty well protected from this sort of thing.

 
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