Researchers found an active campaign in the wild delivering malicious Call of Duty: Warzone cheats.
Call of Duty: Warzone Malicious Cheats
The security team at Activision has discovered a new malware campaign actively targeting gamers. Activision is an American gaming giant behind popular games including Call of Duty, Doom 3, and Guitar Hero.
Briefly, the malware surfaced online as the threat actors advertised it as a game cheat on a cheats forum. The malware fools the victims into disabling the existing security mechanisms, such as antivirus, to let the “cheat” work.
The embedded malware downloads an additional malware to the target device. Specifically, it serves as a malware dropper (Cod Dropper v0.1 in this case) paving the way for the actual payload.
Upon reaching the system, the payload, a RAT giving high-privilege access to the threat actors, executes on the device.
The malware first emerged in early 2020 and has since continued to reappear online in a bid to target gamers. Regarding the potential reason behind this campaign, Vice (quoting a source) states that the attackers may aim at exploiting gamers’ GPUs to mine cryptocurrency.
The researchers have shared the technical details about the malware campaign in their recent report.
How To Avoid Becoming A Victim?
Given how alluring cheats appear to gamers they frequently attract the attention of criminal hackers. To prevent falling prey to such scams, gamers must ensure they stay away from game cheats.