Hackers are exploiting the Pokemon world’s enduring popularity and the bizarre rise in non-fungible tokens to trick people into installing remote accessibility tools (RATs), taking over their devices and stealing any valuables they find.
ASEC cybersecurity researchers discovered at most two malicious sites recently – beta pokemoncards[.]io and pokemon–go[.]An io game that claims to host a Pokemon-themed game also offers NFT cards that can then be traded to eventually make money.
While the websites have since been taken offline, they did offer a download button called “Play on PC”, which distributed NetSupport.
NetSupport is legal software in theory. It is built on Windows and allows remote access across platforms. This gives IT administrators and technicians the ability to remotely access different endpoints and fix potential problems. It supports Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and Solaris operating system.
In practice, NetSupport has been used by threat actors for unauthorized access to target system systems. The campaign began in December 2013. This post also revealed that previous samples from VirusTotal had shown the same operators pushing a fake Visual Studio File instead of a Pokemon Game.
The identity of the threatening party behind campaign is unknown.
Non-fungible tokens, which are part of the wider cryptocurrency market, are a prime target for hackers and scammers. Recent research has shown that the Web3 Industry (the decentralized internet that uses the blockchain, the same technology as NFTs), lost nearly $4B last year to fraud and other cybercrime.
Scammers began to emerge as more companies built new systems. Web3 bug bounty provider Immunefi claims that $394,885,6037 worth cryptocurrency was lost in the Web3 ecosystem due to fraud, hacking and other scams. . Researchers claim that the silver lining is the fact overall losses have fallen by more than half (51.2%) year-overyear. The industry lost $8 088,338,239.
The industry is still growing despite the ongoing fight against fraudsters. Immunefi predicts that it will grow from $3.2 Billion last year to $81.5 Billion in the next seven-years, a compound annual rate of 43.7%.
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