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Pokemon NFT Game Can Lead To Hackers Stealing Your Info – Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

The next time you think about clicking on a download button from an unverified but well-crafted Pokemon NFT card game website — think again! Threat actors could be at play. 

What Happened: Given the popularity of Pokemon and NFTs, cybercriminals are using fake Pokemon NFT card game websites to lure people into downloading NetSupport Remote Access Tool, or RAT, reported Bleepingcomputer. 

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The fake website asks users to click on the “Play on PC” button on their Windows — developed by Microsoft Corporation MSFT — devices and install the RAT software on the system. 

This isn’t the first time such cybercriminal activities have come to light. In 2022, it was found that threat elements pushed a phony Visual Studio file instead of the Pokemon game, the report noted. 

Why It’s Important: Although NetSupport Manager is an authentic software product, threat actors use it for malicious campaigns. 

The NetSupport RAT executable is installed in a “hidden” folder to evade standard manual inspections on the file system. Once it is installed into a device, the software enables threat actors to steal users’ data and download malware, among other things, the report said. 

Microsoft warned users about malicious campaigns using pandemic-themed files to install NetSupport RAT onto their devices in 2020. However, campaigns using fake websites to coax victims into downloading NetSupport RAT continue to target websites like WordPress.  

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