By using the number of users who unwittingly attempted to download malware and unwanted software in hopes of having fun gaming, we also compiled a list of the ten most popular games used as a coverup for malware and unwanted software. The rankings largely correlate with those for distributed files and associated detections, with nine games in the top ten being the same in all rankings.
Minecraft took the first place with 36,336 distributed files affecting 184,887 users and resulting in 3,010,891 attempted infections detected over the course of July 2020 through June 2021. Other games that affected the largest numbers of users were The Sims 4, PUBG, Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto V. Notably, the number of unique users that tried to download Minecraft exceeded the number of users affected by the rest of the top ten games combined by more than 40%. Furthermore, 250% more files were disguised as Minecraft than PUBG, the game that follows Minecraft in file distribution.
We have observed a lot of similar websites providing malware under the guise of cracks for various software products, including anti-malware, photo or video editors and popular games. According to our telemetry, gamers in forty-five countries attempted to download this malicious software believing that it was a game.
When trying to download something from the site, a chain of redirects lands the user on a download page and finally, drops a ZIP archive containing another password-protected ZIP and a text file with the key to unpack that. After several stages, the main payload, a Taurus stealer with functionality to exfiltrate valuable data from browsers, crypto wallets and other applications, is decrypted and executed.
Similar to the PC threats analysis, we selected the top ten mobile games in line with the compiled lists of top ten mobile games from a number of ranking platforms. Our telemetry showed that in the period from July 2020 through June, 2021, 50,644 users attempted to download 10,488 unique files disguised as these games, generating a total of 332,570 detections.
However, unlike the situation with PC threats, the number of users attempting to download malicious files and unwanted applications thinking it is a mobile game reached its highest levels not in the Q2 2020 when lockdowns had just been introduced, but in Q3, specifically in August 2020, when 6341 users tried to download apps that they thought were games, resulting in a total of 42,664 detections.
It is not an uncommon occurrence for the gamer to be kicked from the server. The game is consistently glitching, unable to display what characters have bought or given them new skins. The most recent updates only have compounded the problems.
The most recent updates brought a new clash squad rank mode along with a new weapon, and character. Smoke grenades were introduced to the game, and the motorbike can hold two players. A few sound changes were made, and players can no longer hide in the bushes.
RAR files are used to transfer or store huge files, like when you download your data from Google or Facebook, or send gigabytes of data as image, audio, or video files. Compressing the files into a single RAR file lets you speed up transfer and download times.
WinRAR is an app for Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7 that you can download and use for free during the trial period to open RAR files. It was created by the same developers who came up with the .rar file format, and you can also use it to create RAR files.
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