PEOPLE WHO MIGHT CHOOSE TO MODIFY THEIR GTA V experience have been cautioned against two additions, mods called No-Clip and Angry Planes that could bring more than promised.
The warnings started at Reddit and the official GTA forums. Malwarebytes, which was highlighted as netting the threat, used its Unhacked blog to report that users saw the bad software sneak past Windows Defender but come a cropper during its scan.
Malwarebytes said that modding brings such risks with it, and recommended that anyone who chooses to install them does so with some security consideration. It said that potential victims here should look out for a ‘fade' or a ‘trekker' .exe file.
"The installed malware has a black dove logo and has been identified as ‘fade.exe' or ‘Trekker.exe'. Malwarebytes identified it as Trojan.Agent.TRK," the firm said.
"Loading malware into games add-ons has been around for some time now. Because of this, gamers need to be cautious when installing mods onto their computers, especially those that haven't gone through any sort of quality check.
"Always make sure to scan a mod using anti-malware software before installing it to make sure you stay safe."
A very long discussion on the GTA forums covers the issue and the threats, and many users have expressed their frustrations at resulting problems. Comments date back to early May and some have reported that the malware part of the mod was added after its initial release.
One user, called Click, has carried out independent analysis and found that the malware has a number of active modules, and includes the ability to spam and steal social networking accounts, including Facebook, Steam, Twitch and Messenger.
Click added that a keylogger is also included, and that this can track users as they switch between apps and windows.
"The initial code executed acts as a loader for another standard trojan (one of the many RAT trojans available out there)," wrote Click.
"The trojan that becomes resident in the system and appears as the csc.exe process is quite interesting. It's very basic, but loads several modules that add capabilities to it." µ
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