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Hearthstone players warned over cheating tools that come with malware

Players of the popular online video game Hearthstone have been warned that tools designed to cheat the title may come with data-stealing malware.

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Security firm Symantec has warned gamers that hackers have created third-party software that offers to help them cheat the game, but actually steals their data.

Many of the tools it examined claim to give players gold and dust, the in-game currencies given to players as a reward and used to purchase new cards, while others are bots that play automatically and systems that track the decks used in the game.

Some of them function but deliver extra malware, while others do not work at all.

Blizzard, the game’s developer, does not approve of the software, some of which is considered by many in the community to give players an unfair advantage over competitors.

And Symantec found that even installing the tools can put users at risk of downloading malware that can steal their private information and Bitcoins.

“Players looking to ignore the game’s rules and earn gold and dust quicker may be rewarded with malware instead of the cards they were looking for,” Lionel Payet wrote on the firm’s blog.

“To stay protected against malware, Symantec advises users to keep their computers, security software, and other programs up-to-date by applying the latest patches and updates.

“We also recommend that users avoid downloading third-party software for Hearthstone, as they could come with additional malware.”

This isn’t the first time hackers have targeted gamers through third-party add-ons.

Back in December, millions of players’ details were potentially at risk after a suspected attack on mod site Nexus Mods, although it was unsure if a breach had taken place or not.

And in the last month, hackers got hold of gamers’ personal information through an attack on a forum for zombie survival game DayZ.

Its developer, Bohemia Interactive, advised users to change their passwords.

For more information on malicious Hearthstone tools, see the Symantec website.

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