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AVG Claims 9 out 10 Game Hacks Carry Malware

AVG Claims 9 out 10 Game Hacks Carry Malware

If your moral compass doesn't dissuade you from pirating games, maybe the prevalence of malware will. According to the latest research from AVG, game hacks and cracks almost always contain malicious code, as in more than 90 percent of the time, depending on where the downloads originate. In other words, for every 10 times you download a keygen or cracked copy of a game, you're lucky if just one of those files isn't infected.

This doesn't just apply to cracked copies of popular titles, either. Some gamers get more than they bargained for when they go in search of shortcuts to character development. AVG says World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Runescape, World of Tanks, and Minecraft are played by an aggregate of more than 330 million people worldwide, making them prime targets for cybercriminals.

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"Some gamers are keen to circumvent the hours required to develop your character and enhance your in-game prospects and are therefore in search of game hacks such as patches, cheats and trainers that are available online, usually found on unregulated torrent or file-sharing sites," AVG stated in a blog post. "Our Virus Lab Research Group found that within the majority of these downloadable files on these sharing sites there lurk small chunks of executable malicious code or malware designed to pry, steal and disrupt."

The prevalence of dirty code varies by location and is high as 90 percent in some sites, such as metasearch services like FilesTube and FileCrop, AVG says. To err on the side of caution, AVG recommends never downloading cracks, hacks, trainers, or unofficial patches, only downloading updates from the official game provider's website, and varying your login details even for every game account and even for game forums.
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If you are dumb enough to pirate from public sources then you deserve every bit of malware you recieve.

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As the saying goes: "If it's too good to be true, then..."

I think the times we live in; people want everything *NOW*. So, when it comes to grinding in a game; people want those end game stats *NOW*. It's a shame really. For me there's no point in paying for a game if I'm not actually playing it. Botting/macoring take the player out of it. What's the point? You're not even playing for what you're paying for.

Also, I'd like to add: I don't think our youth or even our average adults are aware of the harm malware can cause. I point the finger at the schools. Start putting IT into their schooling.

Majority of us can't function without our technology; yet majority don't even understand how their smart phones even work...

I think if people became more aware of the risks behind malware, then they'd be less likely too take the risk.

Got a bit off topic, but that's my two cents.

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CraigSeamons1:

As the saying goes: "If it's too good to be true, then..."

I think the times we live in; people want everything *NOW*. So, when it comes to grinding in a game; people want those end game stats *NOW*. It's a shame really. For me there's no point in paying for a game if I'm not actually playing it. Botting/macoring take the player out of it. What's the point? You're not even playing for what you're paying for.

Also, I'd like to add: I don't think our youth or even our average adults are aware of the harm malware can cause. I point the finger at the schools. Start putting IT into their schooling.

Majority of us can't function without our technology; yet majority don't even understand how their smart phones even work...

I think if people became more aware of the risks behind malware, then they'd be less likely too take the risk.

Got a bit off topic, but that's my two cents.

I agree about the grinding aspect which is also the reason I don't think any MMOs out today are worth paying for. I played them in my youth and while the grinding sometimes got hard in the end it was cool when I got something from it. Today's games are all about instant gratification and people wonder why MMOs aren't what they used to me. 

Also If you don't want to pay full retail for a game then wait a few months and it will prob have a sale or something. When I want a game that AMD or Nvidia has a code for I turn to ebay and usually get it 50% off the retail price which to me would be a worth it. Last game I paid full retail for was BF3 and probably will for BF4 but everything else I can wait on.

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I buy games if they look good to me. Downloading torrents hasn't been an option for me for many years.

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ok while i do feel that pretty much any kind of pirating does include alot of viruses i am also a little of skeptical of virus protection services do this so called "studies" and reporting them us there shocking and terrifying results. But i honestly wouldnt argue this point with them and as its been made clear by other commenters already if you pirate games or anything like your getting to get a virus at some point since those people are easy targets

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People who download hacks need to get malware and viruses in their hack download. Maybe it will teach them not to be doing that crap. I play BF3 and in to these kind of nonsense a lot, some idiot using a hack. And i agree about the whole instant gratification comments.

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Be careful out there, the hacker community can't protect you from being an idiot. Software providers and copyright holders have every reason to release versions of their products with malicious code on file-sharing sites. This isn't new, and it's only going to get worse.

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