A new malware that pretends to be a Minecraft mod is currently targeting users to steal their important credentials. Is this new virus really that serious?
Minecraft is one of the most iconic building games in the gaming industry. And now, it is becoming more popular than ever as its publisher releases more advanced titles every year. But, players are not the only ones taking advantage of this popular building title. Various hackers are also using it to exploit a new malware that can easily steal your precious credentials.
The new malware specifically pretends as a Minecraft mod to lure more victims. Its method is currently efficient, especially since kids are forced to conduct online classes. This gives them more time to play the popular game.
Minecraft mods disguised as malware spotted in Google Play Store, the malware is said to bombard unwanted ads, steal social media credentials as per Kaspersky.
Minecraft mods might provide leverage in the sandbox 3D adventure gaming experience, but research analysts have requested players to be cautious while installing these mods.
Is the New Game Malware Really That Serious?
The game is downloaded and played by millions of users is no doubt the reason for attracting fraudsters. But what could be surprising is the cybersecurity firm caught hold of another set of malicious apps that are ‘masquerading’ as Minecraft mods on the Play Store.
The security firm added that the newly created ones have potential threat users’ social media credentials and are spreading adware. The researcher involved in studying the new Minecraft malware explained that they “analyzed various apps, including those which are available for download on the Google Play store and claimed to be modpacks (user-created packages with additional gameplay elements) for the game. As a result, the company’s experts found various malicious apps spreading adware or stealing social media credentials.”
Other Details Of the New Malware
The new computer virus uses the so-called mods, which adds custom items, tools, and blocks to the game. The add-ons found by Kaspersky were said to be “were totally useless from a user perspective”, and following their launch, it concealed the icons.
Security researchers explained that the new computer virus was observed to be the new, improved version of malware it had detected in the past. This fresh malware would open the browser every other second, or display full-screen ads, effectively making the device unusable.
Kaspersky security firm added that “the version we analyzed, for example, opened the browser every two minutes, rendering the device essentially unusable. The thing was especially troubling because it was extremely hard to figure out what was going on, which app was responsible for the troubles, and how to stop it.”
The new computer virus is just one of the reasons why experts highly suggested not to use mods from unknown sources. On the other hand, you also need to remember that these game versions are considered illegal by some title publishers.