The hackers are attacking the PC of gamers with a new kind of malware. This is done in order to mine cryptocurrency from their PC and then get rich out of it. So it goes without saying obviously that this a huge pain. The malware had been termed as Crackonosh.
The malware is hidden in the free version of certain games like NBA 2K19, Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 5, The Sims 4, and Jurassic World Evolution. There are many people all over the world who are downloading these games from torrents and are playing the game.
The malware will silently enter into the system and then use the processing speed, power, and energy of the computer to mine cryptocurrency and thus this is going to make the user’s system very slow.
“It takes all the resources that the computer has so the computer is unresponsive,” Avast researcher Daniel Benes told CNBC.
He said that the users might notice that their computers are slowing down and detreating over the course of time. Some 220,000 users have been infected worldwide and 800 devices are being infected every day, according to Benes.
“In summary, Crackonosh shows the risks in downloading cracked software and demonstrates that it is highly profitable for attackers,” wrote Benes.
“As long as people continue to download cracked software, attacks like these will continue to be profitable for attackers,” Benes added. “The key take-away from this is that you really can’t get something for nothing and when you try to steal software, odds are someone is trying to steal from you.”
So you should also be careful if you are a gamer. Prevention is better than cure!