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Malicious Minecraft apps affect 600,000 Android Users


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:00 PM

 

So you love Minecraft? You might want to be very careful before downloading the cheats for the popular Minecraft game from Google Play Store.
 
Nearly 3 Million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications for their smartphone and tablets from the Google Play store, security researchers warned.
 
The security researchers from IT security firm ESET have uncovered as many as 33 fake "scareware" applications that have been uploaded to the Google Play store in the course of the past 9 months, masquerading as Minecraft cheats and tip guides.

 

http://thehackernews.com/2015/05/minecraft-app.html

 

 

 



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Posted 26 May 2015 - 05:30 PM

The pricks always find a way... Good thing I don't like Minecraft, or even download a lot of stuff to my phone! Just goes to show how unreliable the Play Store actually is. It's so easy to exploit it, apparently! Kudos to giving the heads up.


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:53 PM

In regards to the current Locker ransomware infection.

Confirmed. Minecraft 1.8.1 from Team Extreme contains the MinecraftChecksumValidator.exe file, which is the installer for all of this crap.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 01:25 AM

Won't stop people from finding cheats and cracks for their games, I guess.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 04:45 AM

The practice of using keygens, cracking tools, warez, torrents or any pirated software is not only considered illegal activity but it is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft.
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Posted 27 May 2015 - 05:20 AM

People who needs to use cheats and cracks for games anyway aren't real gamers. They do not play for the pleasure or the love of the game, just trying to fill some hole they have somewhere I imagine.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 06:50 AM

They fill the area which lacks the ability to perform critical thinking.
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Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:24 AM

People who needs to use cheats and cracks for games anyway aren't real gamers. They do not play for the pleasure or the love of the game, just trying to fill some hole they have somewhere I imagine.

 

I honestly used to pirate a lot of games. Nowadays I only buy stuff, or get gifts from some close friends. I end up playing a lot of my games a lot more. And it just feels more satisfactory when you actually buy a game, knowing you support the developers. That, and you won't fall prey to a security risk or cracks that don't work. Or lack of online gameplay... etc.

 

Doing things the right way is just so much easier.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:27 AM

Even the groups that make cracks for games and other software also stated in their info files that people should buy the software if they support the developers. But I wonder how many people actually do that?

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:28 AM

Doing things the right way is just so much easier.

And much safer.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:31 AM

If they really want the users to support the game developpers, they shouldn't make cracks of their game in the first place. Also the thing when you use cracked programs is that if they don't work, crash, or else, you never know if it's a genuine issue or if the crack is just not good and it's a real pain to troubleshoot, same for cracked version of Windows. Anyway, the usage of such program is illegal in the first place, so is the distribution.

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