A new malware scam was discovered by ReasonLabs, affecting individuals attempting to download torrented versions of popular video games.
In discovering the previously undetected malware, researchers uncovered a developing scam, where hackers target users' cashback activity to hijack sensitive personal and financial information. Researchers also found that the malware presents users with a dummy installer tool, which poses as a traditional Virtual Private Network (VPN) extension for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Once installed, these extensions trigger the installation of further malware without user permission or knowledge, which then disables existing user extensions focused on cashback activities and cybersecurity. Upon the discovery of these extensions, which previously were advertised as legitimate security tools on the Chrome app store.