‘Crackonosh’ malware hides on computer games to help hackers mine crypto 

Avast, an antivirus company, has just announced that a new malware, called ”Crackonosh” has been discovered lurking inside the free versions of some of the highly popular PC games today. 

According to Avast, once these infected PC games are downloaded on computers, hackers can immediately use the gamer’s PC for crypto mining. 

The antivirus company said that popular games like The Sims 4, Jurassic World Evolution, Grand Theft Auto, and Far Cry 5 are some of the games that are found to have “Crackonosh” malware.

But Avast made it clear that these infected games came from pirate sources and not from the companies who created the games. The pirated copies of these games were mostly accessed by gamers on torrent and forum sites. 

Release the Crackonosh

Once an infected game is installed on a computer, the Crackonosh malware will immediately “bury” itself on a processor and use it to the fullest to mine cryptocurrencies for the hackers. 

According to the latest reports, the malware has already mined around $2 million worth of cryptocurrencies since it took off in June 2018 and focuses on a crypto coin called “Monero” 

Parasitic entity

Daniel Benes, a researcher from Avast, was interviewed by CNBC and was asked about the depth of what Crackonosh can do. According to Benes, malware, especially the Crackonosh, can be used by hackers to remotely use a computer’s processing power and, as a consequence, slow down the computer in the process. 

He also added that hackers are not concerned if a computer is protected by either Windows updates or antivirus software because malware is designed to disable these protections with ease.

 

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