Twitch Malware

The massively popular Twitch.tv (which had recently been bought by Amazon) has seen a strain of malware infecting various computers through the chat feature called “Eskimo.”

Holy Crap Seriously?!

Unfortunately yes. Finnish online security company F-Secure noticed the issue when a user reported a scam being circulated as an ad on the Twitch chat feature.

The Twitch-bot will spam a channel with invites to win items in a raffle , but the provided link, when clicked on, will guide users to a Java program. The program provides fields for the use’s name, email and permission to publish their name and once the information is entered, users are presented with the following: “Congratulations, you have joined this week’s raffle. We will contact you by email if you win!”.

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Well, That Doesn’t Sound Too Bad, It Just Gets Some Of My Personal Info

Think again.

The malware will drop a binary file which executes to perform the following commands:

  • Record screenshots
  • Accept friend invites in Steam
  • Accept pending friend requests in Steam
  • Activate trading with any new friends
  • Buy items, if there is money in the wallet
  • Send out a trade offer
  • Accept any trade transactions currently pending
  • Sell items with discount at the market

Reports suggest too that the trades are funneling items to an account called Youni.

Oh God, My Wallet?!

A simple solution to this issue is don’t click on anything you’re unfamiliar with, a principle related to any spam email you get. If you’ve already had your items traded away, please contact Valve support for help.

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Jon Schear is a part time gamer, full time graphic designer and when he finds time for it, wannabe digital artist. He also drinks PBR and plays WoW…don’t judge him. 

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Written by lowestofthekeys

Jon Schear is a full time designer whose range extends from graphic and web design to digital art.

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