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​‘Apex Legends’ Cheaters Are Downloading Malware That Steals Their Personal Data

​‘Apex Legends’ Cheaters Are Downloading Malware That Steals Their Personal Data

Hundreds of Apex Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have had their personal data stolen while trying to cheat in those games. Cybersecurity company Sophos has published a report on the malware called Baldr that was sold to players as an aimbot.

Sophos says that it first spotted Baldr on Russian cybercrime-related forums back in January and since then it's only spread. They've seen YouTube videos emerging that show off an aimbot and wall hack for games like Apex Legends, with links that lead viewers to somewhere where they can buy the cheat software (Sophos also saw buy links spread through Discord and Telegram chats). When people bought the cheat software they would be buying software that included the Baldr malware. The malware was also bundled in with pirated copies of games.

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Sophos has seen Baldr pop up all over the world, with Indonesia, the United States,

A heat map of machines infected with Baldr. Image credit: Sophos
A heat map of machines infected with Baldr. Image credit: Sophos

Singapore, Brazil, India, Germany, and Russia itself most highly affected. Though, Sophos says that the numbers in Russia may be the people buying licenses to Baldr testing the software out before they distribute it online.

Baldr steals a huge amount of important data, extremely quickly. The malware "grabs anything that looks like it might contain useful or valuable data, including Bitcoin wallets, VPN profiles, and of course saved passwords from FTP clients, IM and chat services, and email clients," Sophos says. "Baldr can scrape the saved passwords, cookies, and other information from at least 22 different web browsers and will relieve you of your hard-won cryptocurrency if you use one of 14 wallets the malware is capable of raiding." It also grabs saved credit card information, browsing history, and all autocomplete information.

Oh, and it takes a screenshot of your desktop.

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So, yeah, basically don't go and download any cheat software for Apex Legends and Counter-Strike. For any games, really, any one of them might be infected. I mean, you shouldn't do that anyway but now you know that there's a possibility that it will end up with all the important data on your PC being stolen. It takes Baldr just 30 seconds to work through your computer, log everything of value, and send that log back to its owner. Is that worth it for coming first in a couple of games?

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Topics: Technology, video games, Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends, EA, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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