How to Deal With the Crackonosh Malware, According to Experts

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How to Deal With the Crackonosh Malware, According to Experts

If you or someone you share a computer with likes to download “cracked” pirate copies of popular computer games, you’re at risk of being hijacked by a particular type of malware.

Spread via torrents and direct downloads of pirated games, Crackonosh hijacks a computer to convert it into a crypto mining rig. Roughly 220,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with estimates that the scam has netted over $2 million in Monera cryptocurrency for its unknown authors. While versions of Crackonosh have been in circulation since 2018, the recent spike in cases has put it on security researchers’ radars.

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“This malware typically is distributed via torrents and executables geared toward gamers,” said Bryan Hornung, CEO of Xact IT Solutions, in a direct message to Lifewire. “Gamers’ systems typically have more processing power, which generates more revenue for the cybercriminals.”

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