Beware of scams in Call of Duty: War Zone
Beware of scams in Call of Duty: War Zone

According to the latest research from Activision manufacturer, hackers have hidden malware in the Call of Duty: Warzone cheat program.

Security researchers from this game company have published a detailed malware report and detected intelligent malicious activity.

Activision security researchers have discovered that cheating on the "Call of Duty: Battlefield" advertised in popular cheat forums is actually malware that allows hackers to take control of the victim's computer.

The cheat installs Dropper, a malicious application that can be used to download and install other types of malware through the victim's computer.

The report says: The dropper tool can be customized to install other, more destructive malware on the target device.

Gamers are targeted by a new malware campaign. One of their goals is to use powerful gamer GPUs to mine cryptocurrency.

The fraud industry thrives on popular online games. These scams have been used by thousands of gamers, and some of them are banned by game companies that are accustomed to using anti-cheat systems.

Many popular cheat programs require users to deactivate antivirus software and grant the computer the highest level of security rights so that the anti-cheat software cannot detect them.

After disabling security, players may not see a red flag warning them that the app they downloaded is actually malware.

Activision researchers write in the report: When it comes to fraud, the actual dependencies are the same as most malicious tools have to go through, system protection must be bypassed or disabled, and permissions must be lifted for the program to function properly.

While this method is somewhat simplified, it is a social engineering technique that deceives the target for intentionally lowering the security protection and ignoring warnings about potentially running malware.

Targeting Call of Duty: Warzone players makes sense because it's a free game that millions of people play and there are thousands of scammers who often get stuck.

In February Activision banned over 60,000 players and in September Activision banned nearly 20,000 players.

It should be noted that this is not the first time that hackers have attempted to use a fraudulent request to break into computers.

Network security company Cisco Talos has released a report on another type of malware hidden in cheating apps, and researchers have yet to determine which game the malware is targeting.

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