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Malware Reportedly Targets Call of Duty Cheaters, Stealing Their Bitcoin

Published: Mar 29, 2024 | Last Updated: Mar 29, 2024
The intersection of malware and Bitcoin and gaming
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Hackers target gamers using cheat codes and enhancements, compromising millions of accounts and stealing Bitcoin.

In a recent cybersecurity incident, gamers who use cheat codes and software enhancements in "Call of Duty" have found themselves the targets of a sophisticated malware attack. This attack not only compromised their gaming accounts but also led to the theft of their Bitcoin holdings. The malware, cleverly disguised, affected hundreds of thousands of players, exploiting those who sought an unfair advantage through cheats or sought to improve their gaming experience with latency improvement software, VPNs, and controller boosting tools.

How the Malware Works

The malware operates by infiltrating the gamers' systems through the very tools they use to gain an edge in games or enhance their gaming experience. Once inside, it proceeds to steal sensitive information, including login credentials to gaming and cryptocurrency accounts. Specifically, it targets the contents of Electrum Bitcoin wallets, a popular choice among gamers for storing cryptocurrency. The exact amount of Bitcoin stolen remains unknown, but the impact is significant, with over 4.9 million accounts across various platforms, including Activision Blizzard and other game-focused trading and cheat software sites, being compromised.

The Response from Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard, the company behind "Call of Duty," has acknowledged the issue and is actively working to assist affected players. The company is collaborating with cheat code providers to help secure compromised accounts and prevent further damage. This incident has highlighted the risks associated with using unauthorized software and the importance of maintaining secure online practices.

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