Fresh Trojan Pretends To Be Hacking Tool For Steam

According to security researchers, one fresh Trojan pretending to be a hacking program with which games on Steam can be acquired for free is being circulated through YouTube videos, which, however, are a fake. SoftPedia reported this on December 3, 2010.

To start, malware purveyors in the attack add movie files on YouTube while naming them as "Steam Hack Works 100% + Download," "Steam Hack with Download" or "All Steam Games For Free Hack." Understandably, the attack got executed sometime during November 25 this year (2010).

The movie files appear as genuine, which attackers obtained via invading other accounts and stealing them from there as also they demonstrate many hacking programs to infiltrate Steam. The web-links advertised, for the programs, however, take users onto a file known as hack-mod-v1.9.exe that file-sharing servers host.

During scrutiny with VirusTotal scan engines, 20 out of 43 anti-virus applications were able to identify this .exe document as malware programs, the majority of them being Visual Basic (VB) Trojans, Devirusare reports on December 4, 2010.

Nevertheless, the cyber-miscreants most probably are modifying their web-links so they'd lead onto fresh malware since the previous ones are being increasingly detected with anti-viruses.

Moreover, while analyzing this new assault, Senior Threat Researcher Christopher Boyd at GFI Software (previously called Sunbelt) came across a file -hackncrack.exe that he found to deliver a Trojan named Ottodex.A. SoftPedia reported this.

Boyd writes that the .exe file isn't concealed with CPL Lead surveys, which require being filled out prior to downloading - one can get it without paying anything from Megaupload, Rapidshare and others. And as far as the Trojan is concerned, it's a standard downloader that must be avoided, Boyd suggests.

Notably, Trojan downloaders help in pulling down other malicious programs onto the infected computers. When executed, they link up with a server from where backdoors, viruses and other malware get delivered; therefore computer-users who may become convinced with this ruse must know that they can contact multiple infections.

Thus, according to the security investigators, users should always maintain an up-to-date anti-virus and avoid hacking tools as they bear great malware risks.

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