The latest malware hiding in video game cheat codes

Gamers have long used cheat codes to enhance their performance in video games. But buyer beware — hackers have recently been lacing malware in video game cheat codes that could allow attackers to hack victims’ microphones or web cameras, according to Cisco Talos research published Wednesday. The campaign, which appears to have targeted video game players and PC modders, features malware hidden in seemingly legitimate files that users can download to run game patches, tweaks or modding tools. The malware hackers have used in this campaign, XtremeRAT, can capture audio or video through victims’ microphones or web cameras, take screenshots, upload and download files or log keystrokes. The victims involved in this campaign have generally accessed the booby-trapped downloads from YouTube videos about game cheats or social media forums about specific games of interest, Cisco Talos said. “This goes to show how dangerous it is to install random software from questionable sources,”
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