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Using Hearthstone cheat programs could infect your PC with malware

By midian182
Feb 10, 2016
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  1. If you’re a Hearthstone player and not averse to using hacks and deck tracker add-ons to gain an advantage in the game, you may want to rethink your morally dubious actions. Security firm Symantec has just revealed that many of these third-party programs that supposedly benefit players can actually compromise computers with malicious software.

    Symantec found that a large number of unofficial Hearthstone apps could, once installed, be used to steal passwords, spy through webcams and even mine bitcoins.

    One program, Hearthstone Hack Tool v2.1, which promised players unlimited gold and dust, was described as a “total scam” that doesn’t work.

    Another program that claimed to provide extra gold and dust, called Trojan.Coinbitclip, searches users’ clipboards for Bitcoin addresses and replaces them with a different but similar looking one of its own – another reason for Bitcoin miners not to use the clipboard.

    The gray area of deck trackers – essentially card counters - are also susceptible to malware as game creator Blizzard doesn’t support these tools. “In December 2015, Symantec saw that attackers disguised Backdoor.Breut as one of these add-ons by using the file name Hearthstone Deck Tracker.exe. This threat is capable of opening a back door, recording from the webcam, logging key strokes, and stealing passwords.”

    It was recently revealed that a Redditor had created a number of fake hacks for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a way to get those who used them banned by Valve’s Anti-Cheat system (VAC). Hopefully, people will start to realize that downloading this kind of software really isn’t worth it.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    Nice. Excellent. I hope the malware corrupts the BIOS and kills the cheating gamers PC completely for good. Failing that, the cheating gamer should be dragged outside and burned at the stake.
     
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    Cheating to win at Hearthstone? Wow.
     
  4. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    Cheaters deserve whatever they get.
     
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  5. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 197   +87

    No honor among thieves?
    scammers going to scam?
    . lay in bed with dogs and you'll get fleas?
    . Burning on a stake? I bet you wouldn't be that hard on Isis...
     
  6. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 218   +92

    Why even post this article? Just let it happen.
     
  7. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    I think any cheat software is probably infected with a virus or 12. Why cheat yourself out of playing a game in the first place, if you don't want to do what it takes to win, play a different game.
     
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    Yes and the sky is blue. lol I thought this was common sense. Even if you use a bot, your gonna get banned if you use them more then a few hours a day. Not really a great gold boost but would help you do your daily quests. Their win ratio leaves something to be desired from what iv seen on the forums. 33% or so with stacked decks.
     

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