According to Kaspersky, Minecraft mods disguised as malware have been discovered in the Google Play Store. The software is reported to harass users with unsolicited advertisements and steal social network passwords.
Minecraft mods may give players an advantage in the sandbox 3D adventure game experience, however research analysts have advised users to proceed with caution while installing these mods. Kaspersky researchers have previously discovered more than 20 fraudulent apps in the Google Play Store that claimed to be Minecraft mods.
New Minecraft mods posing as malware are allegedly stealing social network credentials.
The fact that the game has been downloaded and played by millions of people is undoubtedly enticing fraudsters. What’s more startling is that the cybersecurity firm discovered another set of malicious apps on the Play Store that are “masquerading” as Minecraft mods. According to Kaspersky, the newly produced ones pose a risk to users’ social media credentials and distribute adware.
“Kaspersky researchers looked at a variety of apps, including some that purported to be modpacks (user-created packages containing additional gameplay aspects) for the game and were accessible for download on the Google Play store. As a result, the cybersecurity business’s researchers discovered a variety of dangerous programs that propagate adware or steal social network credentials,” according to the cybersecurity firm.
While Minecraft provides a blocky adventure, these modifications or Minecraft modding assist you customize the game by adding custom items, tools, and blocks. The Kaspersky add-ons were said to be “completely useless from a user perspective,” and after their release, the icons were hidden. The malicious programs used to access the device’s browser to show flash advertising and play YouTube videos. Furthermore, these Minecraft programs were discovered to be ‘new, enhanced variants’ of malware it has previously spotted. This new spyware would randomly open the browser or display full-screen adverts, thus rendering the gadget unusable.
“For example, the version we looked at opened the browser every two minutes, thereby rendering the device unusable. The situation was particularly problematic because it was difficult to find out what was going on, which app was causing the problems, and how to stop it,” according to Kaspersky.
While this isn’t the first time scammers have used the popular game to defraud gamers, players should always double-check sources before adding mods to their devices. Thankfully, Kaspersky had alerted Google to the flaw, and the malicious apps were reportedly removed from the Play Store.