Hackers have been making millions through gamers. These cybercriminals have been installing malicious mining malware in free versions of video games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 5, The Sims 4, Jurassic World Evolution, and more.
Known as the Crackonosh, this malware is present in games that players download from torrent sites. The Crackonosh uses the processing power of the computers to mine cryptocurrencies for the hackers. So far, this malware has been used to mine cryptocurrency known as monero of worth $2 million since June 2018.
The researcher of the report published by the security firm Avast states that people can detect if they have this malware on their computers. They will notice that their computer speed has slowed down remarkably. The computers will also be deteriorating notably and the electricity bill will also be much higher.
Crypto mining uses all the resources of the computer which is why it becomes unresponsive to all commands.
Approximately 220,000 users worldwide have been infected with the Crackonosh while around 800 devices get afflicted every day. The worst affected countries include Brazil, India, and the Philippines. The United States has also seen many similar cases.
The Avast software can only detect this virus in your computer if you have its antivirus software installed. This is why the recorded number can be different from the actual value.
Crackonosh protects itself from detection by disabling Windows updates as well as by uninstalling any previously existing security software on the device.
From the name, it is assumed that the virus originated from Czech Republish because Crackonosh translates to mountain spirit in Czech.
The presence of the virus was detected after a few customers of the firm commented that the antivirus was missing from their system. This allowed the company totally all similar cases and find the common culprit which was Crackonosh.
Attacks like this will keep on happening as long as people download cracked versions of software. The number of cyber-attacks on gamers increased by over 340% during the pandemic lockdown. This is because many people picked up online gaming as a hobby during the lockdown.