Hackers Using Cheat Lures

A malware distribution campaign has been detected recently by Korean cybersecurity researchers and ASEC security firm. In this malicious campaign, to trick the Velorant players on YouTube, the hackers are using the Valorant cheat lures.

By using the Valorant cheat lures, hackers trick the players into downloading a powerful information stealer malware, known as “RedLine.”

Since YouTube’s new content submission review is easy to bypass, that’s why the threat actors abuse this system and then create new accounts when they are reported or blocked.

In this malicious campaign, the hackers are targeting the users of the Valorant gaming community by providing them with a link to download a fake auto-aiming bot.

Users get easily trapped with these types of lures since these types of auto-aiming bots are hugely popular among the Valorant players, as they enable the Valorant players to increase their rankings in the game effortlessly.

Infection chain of Redline

When the users click on the malicious link given by the threat actors on the video description, they take them to a download page known as “anonfiles.”

On this download page, users will get a RAR archive file containing the malicious RedLine info-stealer under the hood of a .exe file that is dubbed “Cheat installer.exe.” 

Here below, we have mentioned all the key contents of this malicious download page:-

  • Download page URL: hxxps://anonfiles[.]com/J0b03cKexf
  • File download URL: hxxps://cdn-149.anonfiles[.]com/J0b03cKexf/bfb807d9-1646204724/Pluto%20Valornt%20cheat.rar

Targeted data

After deploying the Redline info-stealer, the threat actors exploit it to steal a wider range of data from the compromised system of their victims. And below here, we have mentioned all the types of data compromised by the hackers:-

  • Computer name
  • User name
  • IP address
  • Windows version
  • CPU information
  • GPU information
  • RAM information
  • List of processes
  • Chrome
  • Chrome-based browsers
  • Firefox
  • Passwords
  • Credit card numbers
  • AutoFill forms
  • Bookmarks
  • Cookies
  • Armory
  • AtomicWallet
  • BitcoinCore
  • Bytecoin
  • DashCore
  • Electrum
  • Ethereum
  • LitecoinCore
  • Monero
  • Exodus
  • Zcash
  • Jaxx
  • ProtonVPN
  • OpenVPN
  • NordVPN
  • FileZilla (host address, port number, user name, and passwords)
  • Minecraft (account credentials, level, ranking)
  • Steam (client session)
  • Discord (token information)
  • Telegram (client session)

Now, here comes the fishiest part, after stealing all this information from the compromised system of their victim, the RedLine info stealer compiles them all in a ZIP archive and then names that “.zip” file to “().zip.”

Once prepared the “().zip” file, they exfiltrate all the compiled files into a Discord server through a WebHook API POST request.

The security analysts at ASEC security firm has strongly recommended users to follow some security guidelines to avoid such security threats:-

  • Do not trust the links offered in YouTube videos.
  • Don’t download any cheat tools that are not digitally signed.
  • Be cautious of the YouTube videos that promote free software or tools.
  • Always use robust security tools.
  • Always use complex passwords.
  • Always do best security practices.

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Guru is an Ex-Security Engineer at Comodo Cybersecurity. Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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