PUBG, Call of Duty, Roblox, Minecraft, GTA are DANGEROUS; check full list and know why

A dangerous password-stealing software left the data of gamers playing popular titles like PUBG, Call of Duty, Roblox, and Minecraft under threat.

| Updated on: Sep 17 2022, 21:29 IST
In pics: PUBG Mobile, Honor of Kings, Free Fire, Minecraft are some of the most actively played games in 2021
1/9 The 2021 list of most actively games includes PUBG Mobile, Honor of Kings, Among Us!, Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, Minecraft and more.  Thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, gaming in general and mobile gaming in particular has seen a huge increase over the past year and a half. Gamers are increasingly turning to their devices since they are unable to go out as much as they used to before the pandemic arrived. According to statistics available from analytics firm App Annie, the mobile gaming market has seen a big increase in gaming and consumer spending. India is still the world’s biggest mobile gaming market, according to the report. Here’s a list of some of the most actively played games this year, according to App Annie’s latest report on gaming on mobiles for the first half of 2021. The list consists of PUBG Mobile, Honor of Kings, Among Us!, Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, Minecraft and more
2/9 PUBG Mobile: This wildly popular multiplayer battle royale game is at the top of the list and it involves up to 100 players parachuting onto an island and find weapons to attack and kill their enemies. The player (or the team) to survive the longest while staying in the “safe areas” on the map wins the battle royale match. PUBG Mobile game is currently banned in India, and has been succeeded by the recently released Battlegrounds Mobile India. (PUBG/KRAFTON)
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3/9 Honor of Kings: If you have played League of Legends, then the Honor of Kings game will feel very familiar, with a mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game format that allows for cross-platform play across iOS and Android. On Honor of Kings, players must gain experience and gold by killing Non-Player Characters (NPCs) and attacking the enemy’s turrets and the core building to win the game. These can be used to skill up and unlock more abilities and purchase items. (Tencent)
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4/9 Among Us!: One of the more brain-twisting game titles on this list, Among Us! is a game that requires your attention and your wits without a break. Players are matched with others and placed on a virtual spaceship with either the role of Crewmates or Impostors. The job of all the gamers is to identify who the Impostors are and eliminate them from the game via voting using an Emergency meeting or reporting a dead body -- while performing tasks on the ship. (Innersloth)
5/9 Candy Crush Saga: One of King’s most popular match-three puzzle games, Candy Crush Saga goes all the way back to 2012, but it has not lost its popularity over the years. The game is available on computers as well as on Android and iPhone. Gamers must complete levels by switching candy pieces on the board so that three or more pieces of the same colour can be matches and eliminated from the board. Matching four or more candies can make the game more exciting with different abilities to remove more candy from the board. (Pixabay)
6/9 Free Fire: Garena Free Fire is one of the most popular battle royale games and offers users the ability to choose where they want to jump out on the map, which can make a big difference if they know a specific terrain well. Once players land, they must scavenge for weapons and equipment while battling a total of 50 players to remain the only surviving player in the game, like PUBG, they must also remain in the “safe zones” that keep getting smaller and the last team or person alive is the winner. (Garena International)
7/9 Ludo King: A popular Indian game created by Mumbai-based Gametion Technologies, Ludo King is built on the Unity Engine and works just like the Indian board game. This means players will roll a virtual dice to move their (four) pieces around the board till they reach the center while passing the other players “bases”. Gamers can play against other players, the computer, a local mode that involves passing the device around and multiplayer with friends. (Ludo King)
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8/9 Minecraft Pocket Edition: Popular sandbox and survival game Minecraft is popular on almost every platform the game is available on. It is no surprise then, that the game is regularly in the top 10 and regularly at the top spot in the App Store's and Google Play's Paid Apps Section in the Top Charts. The game focuses on survival and creative building of the original game, minus some of the other features on the full edition. Users can download the game for both Android and iPhone via their respective app stores. (Windows Blog)
9/9 Call of Duty: Mobile A popular battle royale game created Activision, Call of Duty Mobile was already popular in India but shot to fame and saw downloads increase after PUBG Mobile was banned in the country last year. The game is a free-to-play shooter and includes a battle royale mode along with FPS modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Free for All, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, and players can use “Scorestreaks” to use special weapons in the game. (Call of Duty/Activision)
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New vicious malware attacks famous games such as PUBG, Call of Duty, Roblox, and Minecraft. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Some of the most popular game titles in the world have been exploited by hackers. They have inserted vicious malware in these games and this has compromised players' data, cybersecurity researchers warned. The more worrying part is that the list of infected games includes those titles which are popular all over the world, such as PUBG, Call of Duty, Roblox, Fifa and Minecraft. The number of games affected are 28 games. These games have been exploited through one of the most common and dangerous malware - RedLiner. The report by cyber security firm Kaspersky mentioned that these attacks were conducted between July 2021 and June 2022 and they have affected more than 3,84,000 users.

The cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky have highlighted that this malware was discovered back in March 2020 and is currently one of the most common Trojans out there. It is capable of stealing passwords and credentials from browsers, FTP clients, and desktop messengers. Here's the list of games affected by this malicious malware:

  • Minecraft
  • Roblox
  • Need for Speed
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Call of Duty
  • FIFA
  • The Sims
  • Far Cry
  • CS:GO
  • PUBG
  • Valorant
  • Resident Evil
  • Command & Conquer
  • Hitman
  • Total War
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Elden Ring
  • Final Fantasy
  • Halo
  • Legend of Zelda
  • League of Legends
  • Dota 2
  • Apex Legends
  • World of Warcraft
  • Gears of War
  • Tomb Raider
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Warhammer

Who has been impacted the most

The study revealed the top 5 games used as bait in the attacks, which include Minecraft, Roblox, Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. While, the top 5 mobile games that served as a lure targeting the largest number of users were Minecraft, Roblox, Grand Theft Auto, PUBG and FIFA.

Who is to blame?

It has been revealed that in most cases, gamers who downloaded the new games for free from unverified sources were subjected to malware attacks and thereby even money even lost money apart from their game account. "When downloading the games from untrustworthy sources, players may receive malicious software that can gather sensitive data like login information or passwords from the victim's device," the report mentioned.

What should gamers do to stay protected?

Download the games from official sources only. Double-check the URL of the website to make sure it is authentic.

Protect your game accounts with two-factor authentication whenever possible.

Ensure to have a strong and unique password for each of your accounts.

Avoid buying in-game items that suddenly pop-up.

Keep your mobile phones and systems updated.

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First Published Date: 17 Sep, 21:29 IST
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