Researchers from Kaspersky have spotted a self-extracting archive, served to gamers looking for cheats on YouTube, that was employed to deliver the RedLine Stealer information-stealing malware and crypto miners.
The RedLine malware allows operators to steal several pieces of information, including credentials, credit card data, cookies, autocomplete information stored in browsers, cryptocurrency wallets, credentials stored in VPN clients and FTP clients. The malicious code can also act as first-stage malware.
Stolen data are stored in an archive (logs) before being uploaded to a server under the control of the attackers.
The videos were crafted to share links to malicious password-protected archive files designed to install the above malware families on infected machines.
“The videos advertise cheats and cracks and provide instructions on hacking popular games and software.” reads the report published by Kaspersky.
“The original bundle is a self-extracting RAR archive containing a number of malicious files, clean utilities and a script to automatically run the unpacked contents”.
Some of the games for which the threat actors published videos are are APB Reloaded, CrossFire, DayZ, Farming Simulator, Farthest Frontier, FIFA 22, Final Fantasy XIV, Forza, Lego Star Wars, Sniper Elite, and Spider-Man, among others.