Alert! Hackers Discover How Powerful Squeeze Gamers

The spread of this type of malware that is used to holding important files belonging to the user or known as ‘ransomware’, increasingly rampant. Even now reported that ransomware also began targeting gamers.


Vadim Kotov, a security researcher from Bromium Labs in the report explained that he had found a new ransomware variant which is embedded in the video game.

Ransomware will target the important files in the user played video games. Start of achievement levels, the number of points collected, and various other files related to gameplay.

Once the files were taken hostage by hackers, gamers will be squeezed and were obliged to pay a sum of money in the form of Bitcoin. “This is the first time we saw ransomware that specifically targets gamers,” wrote Kotov.

In its report Kotov explained there are 40 video game titles that could potentially be used hackers to spread this ransomware. Some of these include the title of the popular video game played by millions of gamers. The following list of the Game Title:

  • Call of Duty
  • Star Craft 2
  • Diablo
  • Fallout 3
  • Minecraft
  • Half-Life 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • The Elder Scrolls and Skyrim speci related files
  • Star Wars: The Knights Of The Old Republic
  • WarCraft 3
  • F.E.A.R
  • Saint Rows 2
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Resident Evil 4

Besides titles above, Kotov also mention that this ransomware targeting be some game titles online. Among others are: World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and some games made by Valve.