In accordance with the latest research conducted by the security firm Avast, cybercriminals are targeting gamers with Crackonosh malware as they are looking forward to making millions from Monero. It has been revealed on Thursday that Crackonosh malware is being hidden in the free versions of games like GTA 5, Far Cry 5, NBA 2K19, and Jurassic World Evolution available on torrent websites.
Elaborating further, Avast revealed that after being installed in the computer, Crackonosh quietly uses the processing power of the computer to extract cryptocurrencies for the hackers.
In addition to this, it has already been revealed that the Crackonosh malware has been utilized in order to generate $2 million worth of crypto-asset known as Monero since the month of June.
Daniel Benes, one of the researchers at Avast, discussed with CNBC that the affected users may notice that the speed of their computers slow down due to overuse along with the electricity bill getting higher than average. He said:
Benes revealed that on the discovery, they found out that the customers affected were not using the antivirus and wrote:
Earlier, the researchers at Cisco-Talos found out malware inside a cheat software for multiple games in the month of March