Spyware tries to lure gamers through fake in-game voice apps (updated)

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Malware targeting gamers usually tends to revolve around the games themselves, such as fake copies of a hot new shooter or deceptive in-game items. Well, it looks like these attackers are mixing up their strategy: Malwarebytes Labs has found spyware spoofing an in-game voice chat app. At first, it steers you to a fake website offering Razer's Comms software. If you're eager enough to click the Windows download link, you instead get a script that tries to harvest your logins and other sensitive info. A cursory glance suggests that it's (poorly) written by Russian cybercriminals renting their services.

It's not clear how widespread this spyware is, and whether or not you might see others like it -- we've reached out to security researchers to get a sense of its scale. However much of a threat it might be, the voice app scam makes it clear that digital thieves see the gaming world as a big enough target that even typically insipid companion utilities are now fair game.

Update: Razer tells us it's (almost) happy that Comms is popular enough to become a target, but it recommends that you double-check whose site you're visiting before you download its software.

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