These past few months have been the best for cryptocurrency. People around the world are looking to get into crypto and spending their money on buying it. This demand has caused its value to significantly rise. In this article, we will go over how crypto hackers use games such as GTA 5 to mine crypto without using any of their resources.
Crypto-malware targets games like GTA 5:
Crackonosh is a crypto-malware that is used to mine cryptocurrency without the knowledge of the host. The process is simple yet lethal. Miners can send you the virus through any medium such as an email, program or document. The virus can then become one with your GTA 5 game files, which makes it almost impossible to detect. After this, it starts mining crypto using the computer, electricity and other resources of the host. The user/victim is unaware of the presence of the virus in their systems. Continuous mining can result in issues such as weaker performance, hardware wear-out and high costs for the victim and their computer.
Crackonosh and GTA 5:
The Crackonosh targets various PC games including GTA 5 to enter the system. This becomes a problem as the game has sold 145 million copies on Steam alone, not to mention the countless other Rockstar Social Club version and other 3rd party sellers. Users of cracked copies of the game are in greater danger as the source of the files could be from an untrusted website. The Virus can therefore spread very fast among a large group of players. Reports suggest that hackers have made over $2 million using Crackonosh. Indirectly it can also affect the player base of GTA 5 as detected instances of the virus can cause the removal of the game from the player’s systems.