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 [BLOG] Beware of malicious Hearthstone add-ons 
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Well we've already had one story about people cheating at a game getting a little karma for it. Now we've another, although the 'karma' doesn't seem to be coming from a desire to rid a game of its cheaters - just to spread malware.



The game in question is Hearthstone and one particular scam is from a malicious program that says it is a gold and dust hack, instead actually being "Trojan.Coinbitclip" - a piece of malware that scours the user's clipboard for Bitcoin Addresses and swaps them out for similar-looking but useless strings of random letters and other gibberish. Losing Bitcoins may not be such a bad payback, depending on how much value you place in them, but it's still got to sting.



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Another program that is just a scam is one that came disguised as a Hearthstone deck tracker - a grey area in the game right now as it tracks what you've already pulled from your deck - called Hearthstone Deck Tracker.exe. Instead it is a program called Backdoor.Breut - malware that logs keystrokes, steals passwords and can access the webcam as well. Deck Trackers are technically not cheats as you could do the same with pen and paper, but they're not exactly popular with all the community playing the game either.



If you want more information, check out Symantec's report on it. Either way though this is just another good lesson is why in the end it doesn't pay to cheat in video games.

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