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Security alert for gamers: cyberattacks on Activision platforms

Activision players in the crosshairs: the alert is growing for infiltration and data theft through third-party software

Recently, Activision gamers have been victims of hackers through malware spread via third-party software, such as game cheats. Breaches include credential theft and cryptocurrency. Activision supports the victims and says its servers are safe.

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According to recent reports, video game giant Activision is facing a delicate cybersecurity situation, with its users in the crosshairs of cybercriminals. According to anonymous sources interviewed by TechCrunch, numerous players have suffered infiltrations into their systems with the theft of sensitive data, such as access credentials to gaming platforms and even digital cryptocurrency wallets. In the midst of this crisis, Activision, now under the Microsoft umbrella, is putting in place support measures to assist victims in removing the malware and, if possible, regaining access to their accounts and data.

Malware distributed via third-party tools

How the malware associated with the attack spread has not been fully revealed, but evidence suggests a link to the use of third-party software, such as tools used to gain illicit advantages in online games, such as in popular titles such as Call of Duty. An ironic detail emerges from the initial discovery of the attack, attributed to a well-known cheat developer identified online under the pseudonym Zeebler, who noticed how cybercriminals modified malware-free cheat programs by integrating malicious code.

The persistent problem of unauthorized software

The practice of manipulating software such as cracks, cheats and trainers is nothing new in the gaming environment, especially with the expansion of the Internet. The reason behind antiviruses' general distrust of these tools is not so much an ethical issue, but rather their high risk of being vehicles for malware, as their illegal or prohibited nature prevents security certification. Although some of this software may be harmless, the general advice remains to exercise extreme caution and obtain it only from verified and reliable sources.

Activision's position on the incident

Activision has maintained some confidentiality in its handling of communications regarding the incident. Although company representatives admitted the possibility that some users' credentials had been compromised following the download or use of unauthorized software, they wanted to reassure the community by stating that the company's servers were not compromised and that operations continue ensuring maximum safety.

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03/30/2024 14:30

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