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Steam Users Attacked with New Trojan by Cybercriminals

Many users of Steam, Valve's online gaming platform, have complained during last few weeks about theft of game items apparently by a new piece of malware.

Security firm Doctor Web says that attackers use Steam chat and forums to tempt their victims by sending messages claiming the trading of many different items. These messages contained "image' files showing items apparently being traded, hide a piece of malware known as Trojan.SteamBurgler.1 detected by the Doctor Web.

The Trojan while executed targets the steam.exe process and extracts information on game items and the items are transferred to an account owned by the attacker. The threat uses keywords like "immoral", "legendary" and "rare" to ensure that the stolen items are valuable.

Security researcher of security vendor F-Secure analyzed a similar (possibly the same) piece of malware which reveals a slightly different attack vector. Bots being used on the Amazon-owned gaming video platform and community Twitch by cybercriminals to advertise so-called raffles.

F-Secure named this malware as Eskimo and say that Eskimo asks users to follow a link and fill a form for a raffle promising them a chance to win digital weapons and collectibles for the game CounterStrike: Global offensive.

The security firm says that once Eskimo gains access to a Steam account, it adds new friends on Steam, takes screenshots, accepts friend requests, trade new friends, send trade offers, buy items with Steam funds and accepts trades.

It (referring to F-Secure) says that Eskimo can even pawn off items of victims in the Market of Steam Community at 12 to 35% discount.

Security firm F-Secure recommended Valve to implement additional security features to fight illegal activity through the Steam marketplace because the illegal activity occurs locally exploiting the computer of the Steam user.

F-Secure concluded in a recent statement as "It will be helpful for users if Steam adds another security check for those trading many items to newly added friend and for selling items in the market with low price based on entry level."

Users are also advised to protect their computers from malware such as the above type by installing anti-malware software.

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