One of the oldest tricks is to disguise viruses and malware as regular software or games. With more and more people working from home, games have become a new source of entertainment, so the number of cyber attacks, especially targeted at gamers, has increased with them.
In just nine months this year, one of the most popular manufacturers of protection against unwanted software, Kaspersky Lab recorded and blocked almost 6 million attacks by malware, viruses and other dangerous cyber vermin disguised as popular PC games. In addition to PC games, mobile gaming has also increased, and with it the threats, in direct dependence with the development of the pandemic.
During the period of isolation, the 10 most popular mobile titles were a favorite mask for programs designed to harm you, one way or another. Most dangerous applications are of the so-called “downloader” type, which are designed to disguise themselves as a system process and at the first opportunity install malware on an infected device and bombard you with advertisements whenever they arrive.
In addition to these, less dangerous, some of the threats had so-called “Trojans” that directly downloaded user data such as access credentials for banks, personal data, documents and the like. After installation, Trojans often first install a so-called “backdoor”, ie a second input that allows attackers to sneak into your device and use access to data at the system level.
Interestingly, most attacks on all platforms were focused on gamers, especially as a fake Minecraft installation. Minecraft is very interesting because of the huge number of different versions of the game and a hundred times more different modifications, ideal for hiding malicious software. According to a report recently released, Kaspersky alone has blocked over 3 million attacks disguised as Minecraft software in the last nine months.
In second place is Sims 4, followed by PUBG, Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto V. Software disguised as games often tries to lure players through phishing pages that are designed to resemble regular pages down to the smallest detail.
Of course, the solution to these problems is to use regular software, the payment of which supports development studies to continue working on new games and versions of existing ones. Pirated versions of games and any software have always come at the cost of a potential infection, so the first application you need to install on your new computer is primarily antivirus software.