Hackers spread malware through fake Pokemon NFT game: Report

January 12, 2023

By Anjali Kochhar

A phishing website offering a Pokémon-branded non-fungible token (NFT) card game has been spreading malware to unsuspecting gamers, as per a warning issued by a cybersecurity firm.

The website also claims to offer an NFT marketplace, with a link to buy tokens, and even an area to stake NFTs.

However, an arm of the South Korean cybersecurity firm AhnLab warned the public about the website on Jan. 6, noting that instead of downloading a game, users were actually downloading a remote access tool that allows hackers to take control of their device.

The firm warned of a tool, known as NetSupport Manager, would allow the attackers to remotely control the computer’s mouse and keyboard, access the system’s file management and history and even execute commands allowing them to install additional malware.

The public has been advised to only purchase or download applications from official websites and not open attachments in suspicious emails.

About the author

Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.

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