Cryptocurrency mining malware attacks are becoming increasingly common. Malware provides an easy way for the hackers to mine crypto without using their own resources. Recently, a Redditor highlighted how a popular eSport game suffered a Monero mining malware attack. The malware turned the League of Legends (LOL) players into unwitting crypto miners.
League of Legends Rigs Exploited For Monero Mining
Recently, a redditor, /u/Lestergonzag, posted on the related subreddit about how his laptop’s antivirus flagged the Garena client. He also shared a screenshot of what his laptop detected – a CoinHive crypto mining malware.
Later on, the League of Legends Philippines’ published a post on the official Facebook page explaining the event and confirmed some unauthorized modification in their client lobby.
How Did CoinHive Malware Affected LOL Rigs?
Owing to its malicious behavior, Malwarebytes Lab began blocking coinhive.com since last year. They explain it in their blog post,
In case of the recent malware attack on LOL, the malware simply exploited LOL rigs to mine crypto at the background, while the gamers continued with their game.
Though the LOL officials quickly removed the malicious code, yet some other Redditors claim that the malware has affected all Garena+ clients. It means those affected also include some other Filipino PC gamers.
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